It has been nearly one whole year since Joni's home burned down and she barely escaped with her life and her dog. They lost everything. They have been living in a small camp trailer without insulation all year, but even through the wet and chilly winter, Joni endured every hardship with patience and grace.
Today we transferred all of the donated furniture and housewares from storage into a U-Haul because tomorrow Joni and Gunnar finally move into their brand new home!!! (Pictures and details will be uploaded soon!)
Joni, Gunnar, and their entire family are so thankful to the many, many generous people who kindly donated goods, funds and prayers during this difficult time. Without you, none of this would have been possible. You are all amazing!
Demolition of the old structure is finally complete. Joni and Gunnar are living in an RV on the property and have recently gotten connected to electricity. They will have access to cable and water shortly. They are very comfortable but this living situation is temporary. They are hoping to make it warmly and safely through the winter, but we are a long way from a permanent home. There were many unexpected costs during demolition, so funding a new permanent structure is still out of reach for Joni and Gunnar.
The best news is that Toby the cat, thought to have perished in the fire, turned up alive and well a few days ago!! What a cause for celebration!!
Today, thanks to an amazingly generous donation of $2500.00 from an anonymous dog lover, we exceeded our online fundraising goal by over a thousand dollars! I never expected we'd even actually MEET our goal, let alone beat it. Thank you all so much for your support. And to our very special anonymous donor, who matched $2500 worth of donations with $2500 of their own - may your life be richly blessed as you have blessed ours. We are grateful to you beyond words!! Thank you!
The Cari Berry Photography Summer Mini Session Event benefiting the Joni Evans Fire Fund raised $2,025.00 yesterday and we could not be more excited about that!! Thank you to everyone who participated - we are grateful for your support! Your photos will be ready for digital download in two weeks!
We have such amazing news to share!! An anonymous friend, and lover of dogs, has generously offered to match all donations to Gunnar and Joni between now and August 3rd, up to $2500!
Now is the perfect time to donate to the Joni Evans Fire Fund because whatever gift you give will be DOUBLED! Your help will go twice as far thanks to a matching contribution from an incredibly kind supporter! We're so excited to partner with you to raise funds for Joni and Gunnar; thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Thank you all so much for your support and generosity. Joni has borrowed a motorhome so she and Gunnar have been able to move out of the motel room they were staying in. Joni is waiting on asbestos test results before she can begin demolition of the old structure. There is a long recovery and rebuilding process ahead of Joni and Gunnar, and we appreciate your prayers and assistance as they move forward!
Joni and Gunnar are so humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support they've received from friends, family, the community of Forks, and even strangers. Bless you all for your generosity and kindness!
Ten years ago, Joni Evans rescued a dog she named Gunnar and the two have been inseparable ever since. Recently, Gunnar repaid that rescue by saving Joni's life during a house fire that has left both dog and owner homeless.
On Sunday June 29th, Joni and Gunnar lost everything but their lives in a terrible house fire. There was a scheduled power outage that evening, and Joni had left a candle burning in the bathroom while the lights were out. She fell asleep in her favorite chair, and was awakened by her 100 pound dog Gunnar jumping on top of her. When she opened her eyes, she at first thought the lights had come back on, but quickly realized the light was coming from flames consuming her hallway. Joni grabbed Gunnar, her car keys, and phone, then ran out of the house to call 911. Unfortunately, the house was a total loss, and almost nothing could be salvaged. Because of the age of Joni's mobile home, it wasn't insurable so she and Gunnar, the lifesaving dog, are now homeless, and trying to raise enough money to rebuild their lives from scratch.
Joni works as a personal care assistant for the elderly, home-bound, and disabled. She has devoted her life to helping others - both human and animal - and while rewarding and important work, not a job that enables her to independently finance the staggering costs of demolishing her old home and rebuilding a new one. We would be so grateful if you would help Joni and her heroic dog Gunnar fund their new home. Thank you for your contributions!