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Chaffin Family, Rebuilding on Hope

$1,650 of $19,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 56 months
On August 4th, 2014, a record breaking rainfall in the Mesa County Colorado area caused a flash flood that destroyed the home of the Chaffin Family.  Thankfully they were not home when the tragedy occured and the family is safe.  However, Charlie, his wife Amanda (Garrison) Chaffin and their 8 year old daughter Samantha, have lost everything.

Home owner's insurance will not cover any of the damage because it was caused by a flood.  Typically, people in the desert do not have flood insurance!  They are responsible to pay off the existing mortgage on the destroyed home.  The cost of rebuilding and replacing possessions, including vehicles, is entirely on their shoulders. At this time, they only have the clothes on their backs.

Please consider helping this young family rebuild what was taken from them in this devastating natural disaster.


Click the link to see the video from the TV news report.  http://www.kjct8.com/home/headlines/270075721.html#.U-aItwvhpHQ.email

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Hi all! Just a quick update and thank you.

What a difference a year makes! As I look back on photos from last August, I can hardly believe how far we have come. We continue to receive so much help and support from friends and strangers far and wide. Thank you for being such a blessing in our lives. We are beginning the roof in some sections of the house and finishing walls in others. Charles, Sami, and I are endlessly grateful for your encouragement, prayers, support.

Everything we need for framing and roofing has already been purchased. The next big projects are stucco and then insulation. We'll try to update more frequently - the progress is about to get even more exciting!

Love, hugs, and gratitude,
Amanda

August 2015
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An Update from the Chaffin Family

(First, a note regarding refunds. Scroll down for an exciting update on how the family is doing.)

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Refunds

It's true! Donations made before January 15, 2015 through this GoFundMe page are being refunded, and you can expect to see the refund in your account in 2-5 business days.

This was an accident! Please let us explain.

In the chaos after the flood, I didn't notice that an account confirmation didn't go through. Here is an explanation from GoFundMe's Customer Happiness department:

"Since WePay is simply an online payment processor, and not a bank, they are not allowed to hold funds for an extended period of time. Because the account that holds the donations was never confirmed or withdrawn, they were legally required to send the money back to all donors. I promise that WePay is a safe, respectable payment processor and that if they were not, GoFundMe would not be using them! We take our donors and Campaign Organizer's security very seriously."

We were letting your donations accumulate in the GoFundMe account, and we planned to withdraw them this spring to pay for lumber.

****Problem fixed**** The problem has been remedied, per Customer Happiness this afternoon: "I see you confirmed your existing WePay account an hour ago, so you're all set and ready to accept donations on your account again."

Once you see the refund in your account, if you would like to repeat your donation, please feel free to do so! Accidental refunds won't happen again! (Donations mailed to our Coloramo bank account were unaffected - this message refers to online gifts funded through this page only.)

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Update on the family

http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e4449774d5455314e6a493d0d0a&blogview=true

We are happy to report: we are clothed, sheltered, warm, and dry. We are in good spirits and good health. The garage is nearly complete and the site is ready for the new house. Most of all, we are excited about the year ahead.

Living abundantly
Where we have planned be satisfied with the minimum, God has provided for us abundantly. Beyond explanation, this year's Christmas was full to overflowing, with packages for Samantha arriving from all over the country. It seems that every time we begin feeling discouraged, we are delivered a new reason to be thankful.

We have received many generous gifts through the Coloramo "Chaffin Flood Relief Fund." Through remarkable circumstances, we have nearly 75% of our rebuild supplies budget covered through your donations and our savings. So, we have adjusted our goal to reflect what we estimate the lumber package to cost. (We should be able to update this number with an exact figure in February.)

I envision a home framed in the same love and encouragement that has gotten us through so far. I want this house to be built with walls infused with messages of hope, so that we never forget God's brilliant display of love for us through this flood. I want to remember Him in the same way he remembers us:
"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:16

Ours is a story of hope. In a world often full of bad news, let our story be a small light into what people can accomplish together in love. We are honored to know each of you and we ***thank you*** for going on this journey with us. We can't wait to pay it forward!

Love,
Charles, Amanda, & Samantha Chaffin

P.S. We will be withdrawing the money April 21st, in honor of Samantha's birthday. If you choose to give before that time, PLEASE leave a comment with an encouraging verse, saying, or simply your names, and we will write it onto the framing boards that your funds helped us purchase!!!
The new garage is nearly complete
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Update coming soon! I am currently corresponding with GoFundMe.com to determine why all donors were sent an email stating "your donation has been refunded".

Your donations were given and received with love, and we are working with GoFundMe to provide an explanation. Our most sincere apologies for this yet unexplained problem!

We are above all, thankful and expectant as we turn the calendar over to 2015 and look forward to breaking ground in April!!!
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Jessica Forrey
55 months ago

I think this is a job for home extreme makeover! im going to look it up

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Amanda Garrison Chaffin
56 months ago

How could I possibly thank you all ?! Words are insufficient. Our family is sustained by your continued encouragement and prayers. We feel positively wrapped in love, and we are determined to pay it forward - tenfold! :) Much love, Amanda, Charlie, and Sami

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$1,650 of $19,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 56 months
Created August 9, 2014
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Brian and Mame Anderson
47 months ago

We're so happy to hear of the progress being made. In some small way, we hope we can help hurry the process along. So wonderful to hear of your hope and grace. Blessings to you and yours.

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Jessica Forrey
55 months ago

I think this is a job for home extreme makeover! im going to look it up

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Amanda Garrison Chaffin
56 months ago

How could I possibly thank you all ?! Words are insufficient. Our family is sustained by your continued encouragement and prayers. We feel positively wrapped in love, and we are determined to pay it forward - tenfold! :) Much love, Amanda, Charlie, and Sami

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