Birdsnest Place House Fire Fund

$46,318 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 578 people in 19 months
Created December 8, 2017
My name is Janice Speer and this is my neighbors' house in Ashburn Virginia.  Or at least this is what it used to look like.  They just moved in, this lovely family of five, the Elkhoueirys,  about 6 weeks ago, from California by way of Qatar.  They were just counting their blessings that they weren't in the LA fires right now.  And then the unthinkable happened, a fire here, in their new rental home, the home that they had just furnished and were setting up for Christmas.  
Two parents and three kids, all under 11 years old, are devastated.  They got out with the clothes on their back, mom's purse and phone and dad's wallet.  One of the boys didn't even have a shirt or coat and no one has shoes.  
Anything you can do to help them would be greatly appreciated.  They will need clothes, shoes, household goods, furniture, they'll need to start from scratch. 
And of course, it's almost Christmas.  With three small children who have lost everything.  
The sooner we get funds the better as they've already been told by their insurance company that they will only be put up in a hotel for four nights.  They're staying with neighbors tonight, trying to manage the shock of what just happened to them.  
100% of funds raised will go directly to the affected family and will be used to replace everything that they have lost, clothing, toiletries, household goods and supplies, furniture, toys, books, and everything that you see when you look around your own home right now.  
These campaign funds are going directly into the bank account of Rita Elkhoueiry, our beneficiary.  

Thank you for your generous support and Merry Christmas!
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Hello out there supporters of the Elkhoueiry family. Today is one year since the devastating fire on Birdsnest Place. A lot has happened in that year, much of it thanks to your generosity and kindness.
The Elkhoueiry family is living happily in a rental home not far from BNP, which they have furnished with so many donations in the form of furniture, clothing, Christmas decorations, you name it. Ashburn, northern Virginia and people all over the world came together to support this family in their time of need and we just can’t thank you enough.
Fittingly, the Ashburn Volunteer Fire Department asked the Elkhoueiry family to ride on one of their trucks in the Christmas parade today. What a great way to celebrate the generous spirit of Ashburn!
To each and every one of you who donated anything to this cause, time, money, goods, prayers or anything else, you changed this family’s life in ways you cannot imagine. Merry Christmas and again, thank you!
Janice Speer
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Dear friends,
We have been given a storage space and are ready to take donations of furniture and larger items. We have already received many offers and are trying to avoid duplication for items so we are asking for photos of any items you'd like to donate. Please see the Birdnest Place House Fire Facebook Page for details to contact the ladies in charge of furniture donations. https://www.facebook.com/BNPAshburn/
Thank you in advance for all of your generosity and Merry Christmas.
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UPDATE: We are accepting donations of clothing and household supplies WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY ONLY. We have been overwhelmed by the community support and the amount of donations that we have received for the lovely Elkhoueiry family of Ashburn. At one point we had to ask you to stop donating clothing and other emergency supplies but we are going to open our garages and homes again. Our story has received so much attention but there is another story that has not. There was another big house fire in Sterling this past weekend that displaced a family of 17, including twin newborns, who is also in desperate need. So from now forward, any donations that you bring will go directly to them. Donations are being accepted at 20246 Birdsnest Place. Thanks in advance for your support and generosity.
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$46,318 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 578 people in 19 months
Created December 8, 2017
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