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Charlie Robles Family Fire Relief

$25,131 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 284 people in 13 months
Created October 14, 2017
Holly Danielle
on behalf of Charlie Robles
We are Holly and Jill Mead from Santa Rosa, raising funds for the Robles family who heroically saved the lives of four residents of the assisted living house they worked for on Ursuline Road in Larkfield. The facility and surrounding area, on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, were completely destroyed by the Tubbs fire. One of the residents they rescued is Ferrol Mead, my father-in-law and Jill’s father, a retired CAL fire captain.

Our entire family is eternally grateful and ask that you consider contributing to this campaign.  Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the Robles family so they can rebuild their lives.

Charlie Robles is a live-in caregiver for the small independently owned facility, and lived there with his wife, seven year old son with autism, and mother-in-law. The Robles family have lost everything in the fire, including their employment, their home, and all of their belongings.

On the early morning of October 9th, at 1am, they received an automated call telling them to evacuate. At that time, only Charlie, his family, and the four residents were at the facility. When Charlie opened the door to see what was happening, the fire alarms immediately went off from the smoke pouring in. He looked outside and saw fire close by on the hill above. The Robles family frantically loaded up the four residents in wheelchairs and rushed them outside. The cars at the facility were locked away in the garage which they were unable to get to due to the power outage.  Through smoke that was so thick it made it difficult to see, each family member pushed a wheelchair down the road, even his seven year old son. As they approached Old Redwood Highway, with fire embers flying all around them and into their faces, Charlie’s son looked back at his father and said “it’s too smoky.” Charlie told his son to keeping moving, not to look back, and that he could do it.

They came upon a student of the nearby Cardinal Newman High School with his mother and their SUV getting ready to evacuate. By that time, the school was on fire.  Charlie and his family begged them to take the four residents. They loaded them into the SUV, abandoning the wheelchairs on the side of the road.  Later, a photo of the abandoned wheelchairs was shown on the news. 

The residents were dropped off at nearby Sutter Hospital and were taken up to the second floor. Shortly after, the hospital was ordered to evacuate, but they could not use the elevator to get back down.  With assistance, Charlie brought the four residents down the stairs in their wheelchairs.  From this point, the residents were distributed to other locations.

When we found Charlie at a local shelter, he emotionally relayed his story.  He was so thankful that everyone made it out ok. Had they waited even a few minutes, all would have perished.  

There is no way to calculate the value of what was lost. Everything they owned has been destroyed and will need to be replaced - clothing, household items, etc. Please help in any way you can. Anything you can contribute would be appreciated. All funds will be made directly available to the Robles family as they begin to rebuild their lives. Thank you!

Abandoned wheelchairs in Larkfield (Source: Kron4)

Charlie Robles with his wife, mother-in-law, and son, at a shelter in Santa Rosa

Ferrol Mead resting in his new room
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The Robles family are very thankful for your generous donations and kind words of encouragement. They are slowly rebuilding their lives, still working on finding a place they can call home.

Here is a video from the family!
Thank you!
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Hi!
4Ever Dance studio in Dublin, CA, heard about the Robles family and graciously offered to host Fitness for Fire Relief fundraising event on Sat, Nov. 18, 1:30pm-3:00pm. All proceeds go to the Robles family! Space is limited. See flyer attached for more details. Jill and I will be there, come out and dance with us! Bring your friends.

What: Fitness for Fire Relief fundraising event for the Robles family, all proceeds go to the Robles family.
Where: 4Ever Dance Studio
Address: 7220 Regional St, Dublin, CA 94568
When: Saturday, Nov. 18
Time: 1:30-300pm
Cost: $15, reservations recommended
Website: 4everdancestudio.com

A message from the studio:
Here's your chance to try Zumba, Bombay Jam, Strong by Zumba, Carribean Fitness, and U-Jam!
Come dance the afternoon away and help us raise money to help The Charlie Robles family who lost both their home and place of employment in the fire; and saved the lives of others in the process. All proceeds go to the family.
Cost: $15 Pay via PayPal to deyoung731@gmail.com, purchase at the studio, or come a little early and pay at the door (but reserving your spot is highly recommended)
See attached flyer or contact me for more details.
Hope to see you there!
Zumba Fundraiser in Dublin, CA Nov. 17
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The Washington Post video has been released about the Robles family and it is fantastic! Get your tissues out, thanks for watching. Feel free to share. See below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/after-the-fire-heroes-become-homeless/2017/10/20/86132fa4-b5cb-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_video.html?utm_term=.ee486dbd8b61
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Charlie and his family would like to thank you for your generous donations! They are so appreciative - focusing on slowly rebuilding their lives - which they would not be able to do without your help. Thank you!!!
The Washington Post heard about their heroism and a reporter came out for a visit to Ferrol’s new facility on Saturday. They interviewed Charlie, Ferrol, and another resident the Robles family rescued. Stay tuned for the article/video, we will forward it as soon as we get it.
Thank you again!
Sincerely,
Holly and Jill Mead, on behalf of the Robles and Mead families
Robles family & Mead family
Washington Post interview
Charlie Robles and Ferrol Mead
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Raised by 284 people in 13 months
Created October 14, 2017
Holly Danielle
on behalf of Charlie Robles
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