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Chris & Laura Smith - Paradise Fire

$25,270 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 264 people in 1 month
Created November 9, 2018
Friends of Chris & Laura Smith
on behalf of Chris Smith
Dear friends of Chris and Laura (Kroger) Smith from Chico (and the Bay Area) - The Smiths have lost their home in the horrific "Camp Fire" that is sweeping through Butte County. Their home of 16 years was in the heart of the blaze. (Confirmed, see before/after photo in updates.)

While insurance can surely help them rebuild a life, the reality is money is needed immediately for emergency housing (motels), dining out, food, clothing, toiletries and similar necessities that none of us can imagine living without.

Bob and Tricia Boos and I are starting a Go Fund Me page to encourage friends and family to pitch in - the smallest amount helps - so that at the least they can work to rebuild their lives and find a sense of normalcy following this terrible and devastating experience.

Please consider a small donation - $5, $10, $25+ and together we can show our love and support by at least removing the immediate burden of monetary concern.  Thank you for your consideration and may the Smiths and everyone affected by this tragedy remain safe.

Chris and Bob & Tricia Boos

#paradise #campfire #buttestrong
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Chris and Laura were interviewed for a radio program. Even Kermit got some airplay. You can listen here. (Edit: can’t link to this 5 minute podcast story. Go wnycstudios.org and scroll down. Look for their story with Kermit photo—see pic on this update).
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Message from Chris Smith:
Hey everyone, We can't thank you enough. I always thought of that as a throwaway platitude before, but because of all of you, and all the support we've gotten here in Chico, we know now we have a debt of gratitude we'll never be able to repay. Every aspect of this has been such a trial but this: It is very heartwarming to be reminded of all the thoughtful, caring and generous people we've encountered in our lives. We appreciate and somehow will find a way to thank each and every one of you. As a father, I most appreciate you helping bring some normalcy, some chance of making a new and safe home for my boys. Love you all, C
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KERMIT IS FOUND! He is in beautiful shape, just a little thinner. CDF brought Chris up to their property and Kermit was there waiting. (This site is difficult with picture sizes/formats. Sorry I can't get the full length pic to display. --Tricia)
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Same video via YouTube if you prefer instead of Vimeo
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$25,270 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 264 people in 1 month
Created November 9, 2018
Friends of Chris & Laura Smith
on behalf of Chris Smith
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