Evacuee family of Ft McMurray Fire

My sister's family has just been through a heart wrenching tragedy.

My name is Shana Butler from Ogden, Utah and I am starting this gofundme for my sister and her family.

Cinda and Harum Spirig  and their 2 children lost their home in Anzac, Alberta, Canada on May 6th 2016 to the wildfire that swept through the Fort McMurray area.  Anzac is 36 kilometers (22 miles) south of Ft. McMurray so their home wasn't in danger until after the fire made it's way through Ft Mac.  The night of the Ft Mac evacuation, my sister housed evacuees and had very little sleep since car loads of people were arriving throughout the night seeking refuge.  

The next day the evacuees made their way south while Cinda remained in Anzac with her children, awaiting Harum to come home.  Harum is a volunteer firefighter and was hard at work fighting the fire along with the other brave first responders.

Unfortunately the winds shifted and the fire made it's way toward Anzac and the evacuation of Anzac began.  This posed a problem since Harum was still absent and Cinda did not feel she could evacuate without him.  He made it just in time to hop in their vehicle and they were able to make their way south to Edmonton.

This is the view my sister was seeing as she waited for her husband to join her before evacuating.  The orange glow just above her house is not a sunset...


After spending a day and a night in Edmonton, they were informed the fire had made it's way through Anzac and Harum left to re-join the firefighters in their constant battle.  On his way, he found that their house was lost in the fire.

This is what he found when returning home





With the short evacuation notice they were able to take very little with them.  2 pairs of clothing and their toothbrushes was all they had time to gather, but their daughter showed great thoughtfulness and compassion to grab 2 very important things.

The first was thier son's wrapped birthday presents.  She made sure to pack his presents so that his birthday wasn't a total loss.  Their house burned down on his birthday (today).

The second was the box that they kept the irreplaceable memories of their precious stillborn child.

Cinda & Harum are fine, upstanding and incredibly compassionate, selfless, humble, and kind members of their community.  They have helped so many people and have paid it forward many times over, so it is time to give back.  I am hoping that we can raise enough money as soon as possible to cover the expected defecit they will have from losing their home, to help them recover from their loss and begin again.  They will need a new home and everything that goes with it (furniture, beds/bedding, kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies, etc) but their more urgent needs are a new wardrobe, toiletries, and a temporary home while they figure out what their future holds.

Any and all contributions would be so very much appreciated!  Let's give the Spirigs the opportunity to move on and build a new home.  If anyone deserves it, they do.

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Michael Hodge 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 47 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 47 mos
  • Jody HeningerOblad 
    • $25 
    • 47 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Shana Purnell Butler 
Organizer
Ogden, UT
Cinda Lee Spirig 
Beneficiary
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