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Fire Fund For 3 Amazing Teachers

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Raised by 187 people in 11 months
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Created September 30, 2017
My name is Iris Sanchez, and I have had the privilege and honor to be the secretary at Lincoln Elementary School for many years. On the Thursday night of September 28, 2017, 3 of my amazing co-workers & friends, lost their home to a horrible fire that started in the house next to theirs. The fire jumped to their house. A big section of their home was destroyed by the fire. What was left was damaged by smoke and water, which has left them with nothing.  Even though they have lost everything they own, they are so grateful for what you can contribute. Their spirits have not wavered after this horrible loss.

They each work at Lincoln Elementary School in Richmond, and have been teaching there for a varying number of years. They are Elora Henderson RSP Special Education Teacher, Marco Villanueva Afterschool Program Teacher and Jesus Galindo 3rd grade Bilingual Teacher.

We are asking for your help in supporting these educators regain some normalness to their days so they can continue giving back to the community they love so much. The losses are as small as everyday items to rebuilding from the ground up. Elóra, Jesús, & Marco will use these funds to help replace some of their basic items that were lost in the fire (from their toiletries, to their winter coats, to medication for their puppy Lorca). Additionally, they will use these funds as they look for temporary housing, and in making up for parts of the rebuild of the home that their homeowners insurance will not be able to cover due to the massive amount of loss. 

Please think of all the things you would need to rebuild your life...they've lost it all, and any amount that you can donate will help.

We greatly appreciate your help!!!
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A message from Elóra, Marco, & Jesús:

"To all of our friends, family, and neighbors. Words cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude for you all during this time. As we move forward with scheduling demolitions, drawing up new plans, and deciding the features of our future home, we are holding your thoughts, prayers, contributions, and love in our hearts. The beginning of this process could have easily been some of the worst times in our lives, but we can safely say that due to the outpouring of love and community, it has truly been a blessing. We are so grateful for the support you all have given us. At this time, we are closing our GoFundMe page, as it has gone above and beyond our wildest expectations--right now, we would love for anyone who can to please donate your time or energy towards our brothers and sisters in Northern California. We know the pain that it feels to lose a home, but cannot imagine the hurt of losing not only a few structures, but whole neighborhoods.

Thank you again so so much for your continued and constant support. We hope to keep you updated in where we are as we move forward. Love and light from us all.
-Elóra, Marco, & Jesús "

Moving forward, so everyone is aware, Elóra will be withdrawing the funds in her name. The three of them have come to an agreement about how they will share the funds, and as soon as Elóra has the deposit from GoFundMe, she will be immediately sending their share of the funds to Jesús & Marco wirelessly.

Thank you all for your continued support!
-Iris
New Clothing, Old Smiles.
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A message from Elóra, Marco, Jesús, & Lorca--

"To all of our wonderful family, friends, donors, and even strangers!

Words cannot even begin to describe the gratitude that we are all feeling at this moment. Seeing the incredible amount of support that has been given both inside and outside of the Lincoln community has been overwhelming to say the least, and extremely humbling at the same time. We are so proud to say that we live and work in Richmond, and we cannot wait to rebuild our home and our lives with the support from all of you. We have a long road ahead of us, but the journey will be so much easier thanks to your donations, love, and endless support.

May God continue to bless all of you, as he has blessed us with your presence in our lives.

-Elóra, Jesús, Marco, & Lorca"
Looking To The Future.
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Raised by 187 people in 11 months
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