Don & Doug Newsom Lost Their Home

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Raised by 292 people in 9 months
Created November 10, 2018
34412960_1542311429550362_r.jpegA MESSAGE from DON & DOUG and BBS RADIO:

Dear friends, BBS Radio Listeners and loved one,

 Donald and I, and our family, found out on Saturday evening, our home, our business, and everything we ever owned, collected or built has been destroyed by the California Camp fire that almost completely obliterated the town of Paradise, CA. We barely managed to escape the all consuming fires. We didn't even have a chance to grab necessary documents or clothing. It is tragic and a very emotional time for us. We were on the very cusp of taking BBS Radio to the next level of it's development, something which took all our efforts and resources. As you all know, we completed everything over 2 years to become Gov't contractors, to be able to accept money by various agencies that wished to advertise on BBS Radio. We wanted to be the ones to bring the advertiser to our hosts. We also were just approved by iHeart to be a 24 hour station stream on their network. We also had our Company syndicating our live 24 hour station streams to almost 70 of the largest networks on the planet. We also did all the research to prove our standing in the industry. We were set to grow to levels far beyond what other companies in this industry were capable of, and we were excited about the future, and for future of our hosts.

The fire and our losses have created a roadblock, which will result in some down time, but IT WILL NOT STOP US from reaching our goals, to empower the world and change as many lives as possible in a positive and meaningful way.

Our hosts DESERVE the best platform in the world to reach as many people as possible with their knowledge, love and positive energies. And we will not let you down!

We have already moved forward, going into further debt, as far as possible, to acquire all the necessary equipment to be back in operations within a couple of weeks, but the costs of this endeavor, the costs to survive, with food, shelter, clothing and the purchase of equipment is beyond our current capabilities. We wish we could, without help, but we literally have nothing, and we don't know how much longer we can go on, before the situation becomes too dire.

Sam, the owner and founder of LA Talk Radio, kindly set up a GO FUND ME account for us! And we are eternally grateful! It brought us to tears to think that others cared so much for our well-being, they offered help, even without being asked. Donald and I feel so much love from so many beautiful spirits, family and friends, it's overwhelming! The community around us, their support, the offers of assistance, the kindness and love by everyone, the words of encouragement at this time, are so well intentioned, it can't help but make us emotional, humbled and thankful. Our society is without question, built on love and kindness at its core, and we have been blessed to witness this, here and now, and words are not enough to express our deep and heart felt appreciation.

 Please, if you can find it in your heart, please help us raise some money so we can get through this situation over the next 60 days and be able to rebuild. It may take months to be back at 100% capability, but we can be in limited operations within a couple of weeks. If we can manage this, it would enable us to move forward to ultimately be bigger, stronger and better than ever before. It is so important to keep moving forward, as our network touches so many lives, million and millions, and that is worth more to us that anyone could possible know, and it is the reason we will walk through the fires to keep moving forward, regardless of the costs to ourselves. We have lost everything, but possessions are meaningless. It is BBS Radio, our hosts, and their good works that ultimately have the real value. We can and will move forward, even if at the end of the day, we never have anything to call our own, because, in truth, we have everything that matters, the love of our community, our family and friends, our hosts and the lives of everyone BBS Radio touches.

 Please help us, by sharing the gofundme link, and posting it to all your social sites, facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc.. even on your websites if possible. Please, if you have the means, donate. Donald and I have never asked for help. It's hard to do, especially when you want so much to give, and when there are so many other people in need, but alas, we don't know what else to do, and we don't want to see BBS Radio fade away. It would destroy us more than any fire could possibly do! Please share the gofundme link and ask those you know to also share it.

With infinite love, well wishes, and deep thanks,

Douglas Newsom, Donald Newsom, (and family - Melissa, Sean, John, Tom and Kayleigh Newsom)


My dear friends Don and Doug Newsom, the indefatigable owners of BBS Radio, and their family lost their home, business and memories in the Camp Fire that obliterated the sleepy town of Paradise, California.It's painful to think of the heaviness of their unimaginable loss. How do you deal with something like this? Where do you begin?

We felt it our duty and responsibility to reach out and lend a helping hand. Please help us to help them find a new home (the family includes Melissa and the kids) and start rebuilding the radio station, which has been their whole life for over a decade. Let's turn this tragedy into a story with a happy ending! And thank you for your generosity.
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Dear friends,

We are back! (within 30 days)

Blessing to everyone this Holiday Season! What a time to be among family and friends, loved ones and strangers. It is a magical time of year, filled with hope, goodwill and good cheer! It bonds people together, even after great distance, difference and time. We think about the stories, get excited about gift giving, laughing and singing (and embracing). We are intimately affected by it all!

We, the Newsom Family, have been given the most valuable gifts. We have been gifted heartfelt, endless love, immense support, emotional words of care, your endearing compassion and very thoughtful understanding, financial support and blessings, and more; from thousands; profoundly beautiful people! We have so much to be thankful for! And we are most thankful for YOU!

BBS Radio is back in operation, producing and streaming live talk shows! (Lift a glass)

All telephone numbers will be the same! Call in numbers, customer service numbers, 800 numbers, etc...

We have noticed a bit of kinkiness in our Internet connection capability. High speed business Comcast (costing an insane amount) does not seem to provide a steady state current – even near San Francisco! We will need to bring in a T-1 line! There may also be a few time delays on shows, as we work out some of the kinks. With a lot of new equipment, it can be a bit of an engineering puzzle, beset by nuances, that might take a week of time to resolve.

Today we start the next chapter; providing our hosts the very best service and platform on this planet, creating more visibility while empowering the world, and connecting all the pieces that make up the whole.

Of particular note, there will be a BENEFIT CONCERT - CHARITY EVENT, benefiting all the victims of the California Camp Fires! People like us, but with no mechanism of support, who are not well known, and need a hand. We will be there, to show you our support! It is a $25.00 Door Fee - YOU WILL BE FED! And it's stacked with stars, including Darby Gould, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Tamelier, Tower of Power, Angeline Saris, Narada Michael Walden, Frank Martin, Sting, Miles Shoen Band...

First Responders FREE with ID

LOCATION: 1312 Mission Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901

SATURDAY, December 22nd – Doors open at 6:00pm

Tickets at www.elks1108.org

Get a ticket, tell a friend, because it will be impact full, and worthy of your consideration! And the entry fee goes to an important cause, we now hold dear... helping others harmed by the Camp Fire!

We love you all so very much! THANK YOU a million times over,

Doug & Don (the BBS Radio twins)
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Dear friends, thank you all so very, very much for your generous support! IF ONLY we could tell you how much your love and support has changed our lives, in profound ways... Yet, our thanks feels hollow in comparison to all the love we've been shown... If we could, we'd shower the earth a million times over, with roses and hearts, and four leaf clovers, to touch every heart and unburden each soul, and bless every moment of your lives...

Not a day goes by that we don't think about all the work we put into our lovely home... which is now gone, but life is full of transitions, and we are ready to begin the next phase of our journey. As you know, we were in Texas during the 100 year floods (and lost our home), and now the Paradise, California Camp Fire! Yet through it all, we've discovered how much love and support truly exists for Donald and I and the work we do.

It wasn't long ago, I'd think to myself, how our passing from this life into the next, would probably not be felt, and how we'd probably not be missed, that at our wake, only a hand few people might show up, and life would go on... It was a lonely feeling, and impossible to shake. But to learn that so many people care... How does one ever describe the feelings that come from this level of awareness... How does one ever give enough thanks...

A month has gone by, and I never thought it would be like this, from a life of excitement and exuberance about the future, to a life in turmoil. But we are the lucky ones... Everyone in the family is healthy and alive.

Now, four weeks later, we are in the process of making a critical move from the past into the future, but before I tell you about the future, I'd like to tell you a little bit our world, which no longer exists.

I, Douglas, ultimately worked myself too hard, making our past home livable and beautiful. It's all I ever did in my spare time, landscaping and improving the inside of our residence and office. My goal was to create a place of immense beauty, which could be enjoyed by everyone. I figured, because we work 80-100 hours every week (every day of the year), that if we couldn't take a vacation, I'd make our home and our gardens breath-taking, in essence, creating the retreat we'd travel to, to experience, something that existed in our own back-yard. The physicalness of this endeavor has done some damage to my body... Something that will have to be addressed in the not to distant future.

Donald and I planted every type of fruit tree and berry bush that could grow in the area, over 150 different types of edibles (strawberry trees, grapes, apples, oranges, kiwi, pomegranates, bananas, figs, persimmon, guava, wolf berries, prickly pears, plumbs, mandarins, pears, peaches, lemons, kumquats, etc.). Interestingly, the Department of Agriculture came out to our home a few times, just to make sure the plants were legal, and to let us know they had their eyes on us. I also created over 2,000 feet of rock walls, some as high as 6 feet, to terrace off the land, which dropped down stunningly toward a stream. All the rock came from digging and relocating earth from the property! We also created cement benches and outdoor lighting, paths and trellises, and other lovely features to captivate one's attention. We brought in 100s of yards of dirt, compost, dung and wood shavings (provided at no cost, only the labor to pick it up), to grow all the plants. We never used any chemicals, ever! We did everything the old fashioned way, and we allowed all forms of nature to co-exist with us. We had squirrels, gofers, deer, quail, chickens, rabbits, wild turkey, pheasants, owls, bats, frogs, lizards, and an amazing variety of other critters that trafficked the property. We were all blessed that so many living things desired to make their home upon our lands. It was a place of immense spiritual energy!

This is now gone, and the body pain is a constant reminder of all the work that no longer bares fruit. But we shall endure, and we shall do it again, given the opportunity.

GOOD NEWS! We have found a place to stay for the next 6 months (maybe longer). It is a home located in Lafayette, CA. It is a nice area of rolling hills and spacious grounds, quiet and serene; perfect for work. Most importantly, it has high speed internet. We will be moving in this Sunday. We feel very confident that we can begin Live Broadcasting Wednesday/Thursday of next week. We have 99% of the equipment in hand; ready for operations!

Donald and I are still struggling with bills, but we know, with a little luck, we'll make it! If we can be operational next week, which we fully expect, we will have realized a miracle in 30 days. How can we ever thank you all for being OUR MIRACLE! Thank you all, with so much love, it would fill ever corner of every room in every part of this world.

On Thursday, 30 days from the day this all started, we will discontinue our donation page on gofundme... and eternally give thanks! Your generosity has made all the difference in the world!
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UPDATE - December 1, 2018

I have this little girl Nikki, a precious min pin, she was the runt of the litter, almost 16 years old this coming April, sleeping next to me... since forever, and eating from my finger tips, as she can no longer see or hear very well, and won't eat without this form of giving, from my hands. She has slept behind my chair, since birth, never more than an inch from my body, for most of her life. I got the end of the chair, but I have great posture!

Now, little Nikki is in a strange place, bumping into things when she walks, and peeing where everyone else walks. With each passing day, I have more compassion for her. The older she gets, the more I care for her, and the more I love her, and the more I feel her needs, and the more I strive to make her happy. And the more I am grateful! She is that endeared to me, and I her!

This is one of the hardest things to endure, knowing each time she looks up, lately, I am not there! I am running errands and doing a million things necessary to manage this crisis. There is SO MUCH LOVE in this little being, and yet, because of so much change, I cannot give her very much time.

Yet, here I am, receiving so much, SO MUCH LOVE, compassion, kindness and goodwill, it's beyond expression. It is humbling, and I am so very grateful! Many times an hour I find myself breathing deeply, filling my lungs, breathing out gratitude, with an emotional desire to hold everyone tight in my arms, and radiate my love... Your kindness touches me so many times each day, it's awing! I am changed by the magnitude of it! We all are!

What you have given to us, so generously, has allowed us to start back our streaming operations and acquire all the equipment necessary to once again be broadcasting original programming. 95% is built and ready for operation. We still have parts coming, in transit, but it won't be long! We need a day or two of testing from that point! If the lines can handle the bandwidth load, we are set. We hope within the next 5-7 days (maybe sooner).

Donald and I (and the Family) are still working through a lot, and so much work is now a priority, like finding a place to live, and lately, each task takes a lot of time, and often you spend a day doing something without ever really accomplishing anything (or so it seems), standing in lines for hours just to get your mail, which is a 40 minutes away, and ½ dozen postal locations, who may or may not have what they confirmed they had (for some reason), and spending a day getting mail (half of which is found).

I suspect Donald and I will be somewhat in over our heads for another month or two, dealing with stuff, like creditors, banks, insurance companies, in locations that move around a lot. Getting a person on the phone, like a tax assessor, is not impossible (per say). But you are encouraged to visit their temporary location in another town, to get answers.
Prices have gone up for almost everything of convenience, I think! A bottle of pop seems to cost 20 to 40 cents more, at a gas station, but then, as our Dad used to say when he was alive, “What do I know!” And laugh (I can remember this fondly)!

As a family, we are taking matters of finding a new location to reside into our own hands. We hope to prove more successful than our insurance company, which recommend we wait for them to do it for us, 2 weeks ago, and now everything is booked solid for two hours in every direction (go figure). So now we are trying figure out a location as far as 4 hours outside of Paradise, CA, which will mean a splitting of the family (for a few months), as two boys will remain in Chico, ca (right next to Paradise, CA) to finish their objectives in school. It's what they want most!

Through it all, we are still very hopeful, and working non-stop to get to more solid ground! And thanks to all of your love and support, we will soon be able to say, “ARISEN” from the ashes! And BETTER then we were!

With long moments of loving you all so much,
Doug (Don, Melissa, John, Sean, Thomas and Kayleigh) Newsom
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Thank you, to everyone, so very much for your kindness and support. To be shown so much love and goodwill makes us all truly emotional. How does anyone express and return such generosity and love, which comes from so many beautiful souls, and feel worthy?

We are now at 60% of our goal, which is so close to being able to rebuild and purchase all the necessary equipment to have BBS Radio up and running within days of finding a more permanent place to stay. This is a blessing beyond words. How can we possibly thank everyone for being so kind and thoughtful. We pray, someday to have this chance, to repay your kindness.

Each day Donald and I, Melissa and the children go to bed thankful to be alive. We, like so many, barely escaped the fire, which was a harrowing experience. So many lives were lost, and so many unaccounted for, it makes this one of the biggest tragedies of all time! Before we left Texas to come to California, Donald and I were also caught in the 100 year flood. An event that cost us dearly! Now we must overcome the loss from the California fires. Sadly, this time, our losses were complete and total. The loss of our pictures, family history, personal items, books and poetry, diaries and family memorabilia is the hardest to think about, but we know, we have been blessed. We are alive and together!

AND BECAUSE OF YOU, and your kindness, we so close to being able to rebuild!

Please help us reach our goal, by sharing our gofundme page and/or our paypal donation link!

GOFUNDME link: https://www.gofundme.com/6dxe0sg

From the very depth of our being, THANK YOU! We love you all so very much!

Doug, Don, Melissa, John, Sean, Tom and Kayleigh (The Newsom family)
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