Help Colville Fire Survivors
Many in the Colville area know this family for their warm hearts, loving personalities and the emus and llamas at The Johanson family farm. In a town like Colville where the community is so close, losing two people in such a tragic way hits everybody hard, as these huddled up firefighers said after working to put the fire out.
Who Are the Survivors?
Patricia is the widow of life-time Colville resident Harvey Johanson, a mother, and previously owned an elderly care facility. David is a loving husband and father of three who recently moved back to Washington to be with his family. When they escaped in just a robe , pajama pants, and a pair of sandals, they lost not only their son and brother, granddaugher and niece, but their house, RV, pets, clothes, and everything they own. They are currently under emergency short term care of the Red Cross but will need long term solutions.
How Will Your Donations Be Spent?
Donating to this campaign would provide the basics for this grieving family: food, a place to stay, clean clothes, toiletries, and all of the other little things that no one even thinks of when a tragedy like this happens. Donating would also help with the costs of the funerals for Joseph and Jennifer. Any support you can give is greatly appreciated and every bit counts. If you cannot contribute monetarily please consider sharing this.
Thank you so much.
Remembering Who We Lost
Jennifer Brown and Peepers, both lost in the fire. Jen had a playful spirit and enjoyed riding horses and cooking.
Joseph Lawson (wearing glasses), Patricia Johanson (wearing red), and family. Joe served as a marine and tutored students at the local community college.
Joseph, Jennifer, Joeseph's sister Becky, her husband Jeff, and Patricia celebrating Thanksgiving together just weeks ago, in the house that caught fire.
Remains after the fire.
We wanted to share with you one thing that has been a little comfort to us all -- the birth of a baby llama on the farm the day after the fire. The mother llama was too traumatized to care for it, but a neighbor known for her just blessed animal nurture rescued her immediately and is caring for her. The cycle of life :) There is life still on the farm.
The donations we've received and hope to continue to receive are being used on the double funeral being held Thursday at 11am at Danekas funeral home. The rest will be used to help us rebuild our home in the same spot on our land it existed on before this tragedy happened. We still need temporary housing before we start to rebuild in the spring. We we rebuild our house, our hope, and our lives, with your help. Thank you so much.
We are so overwhelmed by the love we have received in the last few days. Thank you all for the donations and shares. $10,000 in just 3 days is very humbling. Pat and David would like to thank you so much for your love and support, you don't know how much it means right now. They've received donations of clothes and food and are still at a motel in Colville. Seeing the love and support rolling in makes them, well, they just have no words.
They also want to thank their community, the volunteer firefighters, the Red Cross, and habitat for humanity for everything they've done. They said they are heroes.