Disabled Vet Home Lost to Fire

$7,745 of $10k goal

Raised by 144 people in 31 months
Zandra Ghiroli   WINSTED, CT
Our family lost everything today (12/19), including our 2 beloved family dogs to a house fire. We found out that we are severely under insured and have an entire home, 10 years worth, of belongings to replace in order to get back to somewhat of a normal life again. All of our Christmas presents for our two children were in our home at the time as well. Any help given is extremely appreciated. Thank you.


*UPDATE* 12/20: As you can all imagine things have been chaotic over the last 24 hours or so. We are incredibly grateful for everything everyone has donated and words will never come close to showing how grateful our family actually is.



A little about our family... We are a family of 4. My husband, Joshua, and I have been together for 10 years and this Monday (December 23rd) marks our 8th wedding anniversary. Together we have one little boy, Dominik who turned 8 last month. We also have legal custody and care for my sister Cheranne who is 14. My husband served 7 years in the Army as a Military Police Officer for 3 years and was forced to reclass due to an injury he sustained on his first deployment. He reclassed to the Satellite Communications field, and held that for the next 4 years. His injury kept him from doing his job to the best of his ability leading him to a medical discharge. He served a total of two tours one to Iraq and the other to Cuba.


Our family deeply misses our pups. Kobe had been with us since 2007 when we rescued him and Kloe we just rescued this past March. Both were family, they were like crazy fun little four legged nuts... Kinda like our kids and the kids siblings.



I have had many people ask about clothing sizes for us and so I thought it appropriate to post them here for all. Any clothing that is donated that doesn't fit or we are unable to use we will pay it forward and donate to others in need. None will be sold and none will be donated to any place that charges for the clothing. We will make sure that they are given to others in need.


Dominik: Size 8 or Small in Boys clothing. Size 13 in Boys shoes.
Cheranne: Size 11 or Extra Large in Junior clothing, Size 8 in Womens shoes.
Joshua: Size 36x34 Jeans, Large/Extra Large in mens. Size 8/8.5 in Mens shoes.
Zandra: Size 11 or Large in Junior clothing. Size 7 in Womens shoes.



Message us to set up any meetings for donations. Any and all questions can also be asked through the message option as well. We wish you all well this holiday season and hope for you that this is something you and your loved ones never have to experience.
+ Read More
Update 12
27 months ago
My name is Zandra Ghiroli, and my family's name may have entered your homes back in December 2013 after we lost our home and two dogs in a tragic house fire in Winchester Center, CT. The local community really stepped up and assisted us with getting back on our feet.

Now here we are four months after the fact and finding out that our horrible situation was taken advantage of by a local business here in the community. There were a few places that took it upon themselves to collect donations on my family's behalf. However, there is one business specifically that took advantage and stole donations from my family.
It has just recently been brought to my attention that a woman by the name of Christina, who owns and runs Christina's Consignmint of 18 McDermott Avenue in Torrington, CT, was the individual who took advantage of my family in our time of need.

Christina took it upon herself to collect donations on our behalf, sounds like a wonderful thing to do. If only it were that genuine. Come to find out this woman went through all of the clothing that was to be donated to my family and took what she wanted in order to put it up for sale in her store! On top of this, a local woman went in with $50 in cash to be donated to my family, yet somehow this turned into Christina putting it into the form of a gift certificate for her store... THEN, from there, she "donated" a pair of men's boots (which were of no use to us) and then charged us for them by taking the $20 out of the $50 certificate! From there she charged us another $20 which we to this day are clueless as to why, from the $30 that was left.

I am not apologetic in the least for throwing her name or her store's name, into this. My family was taken advantage of, and this is far from right. There should be repercussions for this establishment, and the owner who allowed for the theft to take place.

What I am asking of the local community is for anyone who donated anything, whether it is clothing, household goods, food, gift certificates, monetary donations, etc., to this establishment that was solely meant to go toward the Ghiroli Family, to please contact me. I can be reached by email at GhiroliTheft@Gmail.com. I am determined to get to the bottom of this, and would appreciate any and all assistance. If you'd like for our emails to be kept confidential, then please specify in the email prior to disclosing anything to me. The only person who I will refuse confidentiality to, is the person who hurt my family.

+ Read More
Update 11
30 months ago
Good evening all! I apologize that I haven't done much updating lately. Our family is settled into a small three bedroom apartment in Winsted. The apartment is, for the most part, furnished. We are lacking desks & chairs for both of the kids and a kitchen table with chairs still. Stuff has been offered, but furniture is stuff that when offered... The donators fail to come through and it ends up being a lot of talk.

In other news...
It has recently been brought to my attention that there are individuals collecting donations on behalf of my family who aren't authorized to do so, in turn meaning we are not getting said donations. Basically they are telling others that they are taking donations for us and then they are keeping the donations for themselves or they are giving them to others that they feel are more entitled to them. If you would like to donate something or if you want to be sure that our family indeed received a donation you have made! please privately message me with who you made the donation through, what you donated, and approximately when you donated it. I will try my best to put you at ease with any donations that you have made.

I honestly can't believe this is happening, but some people just truly can't be trusted. It's very sad. Absolutely feel free to message me if you have any questions. Take care! xoxo Zandra
+ Read More
Update 10
31 months ago
I just want to let people know that I don't have the option to send messages to people who don't leave donations. PLEASE do NOT take that as me asking you to leave a donation in order for me to speak with you!! The Go Fund Me page simply does not allow me a "reply" button or a "Thank You" button (This is what it does when donations are left, and I can send personal thank you messages this way!)

If you're interested in contacting me personally, no matter the reason, please feel free to email me at ZGhiroli@gmail.com I promise to respond back in a timely fashion!

I would also like to put out there that while we appreciate the numerous offers we have received for puppies, rescue dogs, and even other pets... That is not a road our family is comfortable with going down at this time. Our two pups that we lost that horrific day are irreplaceable and we as a family need adequate time to mourn them. They were family in every way imaginable, and to simply get another is not something we feel is right for our family. We absolutely appreciate the offers, but they have all been declined because we genuinely are too saddened by losing our furbabies to even think of adding any other furry beings to our life.

Again, thank you to each of you who have given their condolences, clothing donations, monetary donations, thoughts, prayers, etc! We genuinely appreciate them.
+ Read More
Update 9
31 months ago
Here's the link to the story NBC did on us!♡ We are truly thankful for each and every one of you. Today we went to a local furniture store and were able to purchase new beds for both of the kids and ourselves because of the donations that have come through. Thank you.

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/237905381.html
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Help spread the word!
 1.1K total shares
Taylor Bourgault
31 months ago

Hello there I have a bunch of stuff to give you if you'd like it mostly women's clothes a couple men's things, if you want to message me and we can find a time to meet that'd be great

+ Read More
Roberta Kopjanski Ventura
31 months ago

I am truly grateful to everyone who has helped my kids at this terrible time, words just don't seem to be enough, Thank you and God bless you all and your families

+ Read More
Karen Patrocinio
31 months ago

I know exactly what you and your family are going through. I survived a fire but lost everything. I will be reaching out to family, friends, and social network to collect household items and clothes!

+ Read More
Drinda Carey
31 months ago

I am in Enfield ~ I have a brown couch ~ clean ~ no stains or pets ~ also a hutch ~ its yours if you can come get it ~

+ Read More
Kelly Schipritt
31 months ago

Zandra, I'm soooooo sorry that this is something you have to go thru. Nothing has been easy for you guys, but you guys are strong and will over come this too

+ Read More
Missy Wojciak
31 months ago

I have a fotone couch that I don't use and a big comfy chair. I don't know if that would help. If there's anything else let me know. I'll be glad to help

+ Read More
David Seften
31 months ago

On behalf of the Berkshire Trail Riders Association, please accept this $500 check donation as a symbol of the local, community spirit found here in the Northwest corner, and as a token of our gratitude for your families' sacrifice and service to this great country. We will text you to make check arrangements. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

+ Read More
Joann Bunel
31 months ago

My mother in law has. 3 bedroom apartment that will be available for rent in January. It is in Winsted. I have shared your info with her and she is willing to meet with you and your family if you are still in need of a place to live. It is right near Hinsdale. Please inbox me if you are interested. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

+ Read More
Josh Clarke
31 months ago

I can't help with money but I am a struggling landlord with a large 4br appt in Torrington. PM me we could work something out. I would do this for a vet.

+ Read More
Roberta Kopjanski Ventura
31 months ago

I am in Torrington and am able to meet you on Sunday please message me

+ Read More
Tracy Baldis
31 months ago

I have a bunch of stuff put together I can be at any of the lots tomorrow Sunday can someone meet me ? Boys clothes and toys my son is donating. Contact me thru Facebook!

+ Read More
Betsy Richards
31 months ago

I will be at McDonald's in Winsted at 9am this morning and at Burger King or the commuter lot at 11am exit 44 if anyone would like to dorop of items. I have a white Scion XB thank you so much!

+ Read More
Tyler Morris
31 months ago

My thoughts prayers to you and your family. Thanks for serving our country! !! I have already donated a box and a bag of new clothes and some used but all like new mostly woman's and girls clothes. I have the word out to a lot of friends and picking up all their clothes for your family from friends who might not be able to get them to you and your family. God Bless you all.

+ Read More
Kim O'Meara
31 months ago

I have a basket full of boys clothes, snow pants, winter coat. I will get it all to McDonald's tomorrow morning.

+ Read More
Kelly McCarthy
31 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. We own Kelly's Kitchen here in Winsted. We have $200 worth of gift certificates to the restaurant that Gina Sartirana will be picking up for you. I hope it helps a little. God Bless. -The McCarthy Family

+ Read More
Betsy Richards
31 months ago

I will pick up donations for my daughter Zandra and son in law Josh and the kids also. Contact me at 18604807702 phone or text I will be in the Winsted area at 9:00 am tomorrow and Torrington at 11:00 am I am finding two Lori's listed I'm not sure which one to contact. These are additional drop off locations also: Howmet 145 Price Rd Winsted Winsted news main street S and s treats main torrington Christinas Consignment 18 McDermott Ave Torrington Donna Hill Designs 63 Water St Torrington Entrance on Prospect St 2nd floor.

+ Read More
Peacock Bassman
31 months ago

Here is who you call..Colleen Sullivan 860 594 6112 She is the dav coordinator ! She is waiting for your call and will help....Call her on monday morning...We will get this ball rolling!!!!!

+ Read More
Trish Seddon
31 months ago

can u let people know the kids sizes and what they wanted from santa and post on facebook. My son losy everything in a fire almost a year ago in North Carolina would like to help in some way

+ Read More
Gina Sartirana
31 months ago

Zandra, this is Gina from scouts. Pack 27 is here for whatever you need. Please call me.

+ Read More
Tabatha Garofalo
31 months ago

My dog recently had puppies I know how close they become to the family and ill keep you all in my prayers and a pup is yours if wanted

+ Read More

$7,745 of $10k goal

Raised by 144 people in 31 months
Created December 19, 2013
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
$50
Anonymous
31 months ago
CB
$25
Claudia Bradley
31 months ago

Josh, I am Amy's mom. So sorry to hear about your troubles. Hope you get back on your feet son.

+ Read More
CR
$50
CHRISTINA REGAN-ARDITO
31 months ago
$250
Anonymous
31 months ago
ST
$25
Stephanie T
31 months ago

Wishing you the best of luck!

+ Read More
EL
$50
Erin Larson
31 months ago
CB
$25
Cindy Bisner
31 months ago

Hang in there! Wish I could do more...

+ Read More
KH
$20
Kevin Hines
31 months ago

To help out a brother in arms at any time! Sorry to hear, hope this helps

+ Read More
KG
$20
Kathy Gilloran
31 months ago

Words never seem adequate when folks have experienced such loss. Your furbabies will always be in your hearts. Thank you, and your family, for your sacrifice and service sir.

+ Read More
Taylor Bourgault
31 months ago

Hello there I have a bunch of stuff to give you if you'd like it mostly women's clothes a couple men's things, if you want to message me and we can find a time to meet that'd be great

+ Read More
Roberta Kopjanski Ventura
31 months ago

I am truly grateful to everyone who has helped my kids at this terrible time, words just don't seem to be enough, Thank you and God bless you all and your families

+ Read More
Karen Patrocinio
31 months ago

I know exactly what you and your family are going through. I survived a fire but lost everything. I will be reaching out to family, friends, and social network to collect household items and clothes!

+ Read More
Drinda Carey
31 months ago

I am in Enfield ~ I have a brown couch ~ clean ~ no stains or pets ~ also a hutch ~ its yours if you can come get it ~

+ Read More
Kelly Schipritt
31 months ago

Zandra, I'm soooooo sorry that this is something you have to go thru. Nothing has been easy for you guys, but you guys are strong and will over come this too

+ Read More
Missy Wojciak
31 months ago

I have a fotone couch that I don't use and a big comfy chair. I don't know if that would help. If there's anything else let me know. I'll be glad to help

+ Read More
David Seften
31 months ago

On behalf of the Berkshire Trail Riders Association, please accept this $500 check donation as a symbol of the local, community spirit found here in the Northwest corner, and as a token of our gratitude for your families' sacrifice and service to this great country. We will text you to make check arrangements. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

+ Read More
Joann Bunel
31 months ago

My mother in law has. 3 bedroom apartment that will be available for rent in January. It is in Winsted. I have shared your info with her and she is willing to meet with you and your family if you are still in need of a place to live. It is right near Hinsdale. Please inbox me if you are interested. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

+ Read More
Josh Clarke
31 months ago

I can't help with money but I am a struggling landlord with a large 4br appt in Torrington. PM me we could work something out. I would do this for a vet.

+ Read More
Roberta Kopjanski Ventura
31 months ago

I am in Torrington and am able to meet you on Sunday please message me

+ Read More
Tracy Baldis
31 months ago

I have a bunch of stuff put together I can be at any of the lots tomorrow Sunday can someone meet me ? Boys clothes and toys my son is donating. Contact me thru Facebook!

+ Read More
Betsy Richards
31 months ago

I will be at McDonald's in Winsted at 9am this morning and at Burger King or the commuter lot at 11am exit 44 if anyone would like to dorop of items. I have a white Scion XB thank you so much!

+ Read More
Tyler Morris
31 months ago

My thoughts prayers to you and your family. Thanks for serving our country! !! I have already donated a box and a bag of new clothes and some used but all like new mostly woman's and girls clothes. I have the word out to a lot of friends and picking up all their clothes for your family from friends who might not be able to get them to you and your family. God Bless you all.

+ Read More
Kim O'Meara
31 months ago

I have a basket full of boys clothes, snow pants, winter coat. I will get it all to McDonald's tomorrow morning.

+ Read More
Kelly McCarthy
31 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss. We own Kelly's Kitchen here in Winsted. We have $200 worth of gift certificates to the restaurant that Gina Sartirana will be picking up for you. I hope it helps a little. God Bless. -The McCarthy Family

+ Read More
Betsy Richards
31 months ago

I will pick up donations for my daughter Zandra and son in law Josh and the kids also. Contact me at 18604807702 phone or text I will be in the Winsted area at 9:00 am tomorrow and Torrington at 11:00 am I am finding two Lori's listed I'm not sure which one to contact. These are additional drop off locations also: Howmet 145 Price Rd Winsted Winsted news main street S and s treats main torrington Christinas Consignment 18 McDermott Ave Torrington Donna Hill Designs 63 Water St Torrington Entrance on Prospect St 2nd floor.

+ Read More
Peacock Bassman
31 months ago

Here is who you call..Colleen Sullivan 860 594 6112 She is the dav coordinator ! She is waiting for your call and will help....Call her on monday morning...We will get this ball rolling!!!!!

+ Read More
Trish Seddon
31 months ago

can u let people know the kids sizes and what they wanted from santa and post on facebook. My son losy everything in a fire almost a year ago in North Carolina would like to help in some way

+ Read More
Gina Sartirana
31 months ago

Zandra, this is Gina from scouts. Pack 27 is here for whatever you need. Please call me.

+ Read More
Tabatha Garofalo
31 months ago

My dog recently had puppies I know how close they become to the family and ill keep you all in my prayers and a pup is yours if wanted

+ Read More
  Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
https://gofundme.com/5udr40
or
 Send a Text Message
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook