Two weeks ago, devastation hit our family hard. My phone went off in the late hours of the night and it was my mom on the other end. Her voice full of panic. She was calling to tell me that their house was on fire. My heart stopped and my body began to shake as I could hear the voices of firemen on the other end of the phone. I praise the Lord that they both are safe and were completely unharmed. I won't go into all the details of that night out of respect for my parents privacy, but that night could have gone a completely different way. While we are all focusing on the fact that everyone in my family was unharmed the destruction that the fire left behind has taken a toll on my family. My parents were just a few days away from being done with a 6 month remodel and in an instant the brand new kitchen was destroyed, new carpets, floors, ceilings, and couches were ruined. Yesterday we found out that essentially everything in their house was deemed toxic and they are losing almost everything they own. There are some sentimental items that can be cleaned but all the tests that were run show that nearly everything will need to be disposed of. My heart is breaking for my parents right now. Every morning I wake up and I praise God for keeping my parents safe, they mean the absolute world to me. But these last few weeks have been so emotionally hard and finding out yesterday that everything is essentially lost has taken a big toll on all of us. My younger sister, Savanna, lives with my parents and is a first year teacher (which in and of itself is challenging enough) and now she is dealing with the loss of everything she owns. The insurance process is going to be long and complicated and in the mean time I am looking for a way to do something to help my parents and sister. They are all living in a hotel for at least the next several months and I'd like to try to raise some funds for them to get them back on their feet. Truthfully, I feel helpless and just want to find a way to help them. I know that with the tragedy of the North Bay fires we are all already donating to many fire victims right now but if you are able and feel moved to do so I am asking for any donations to help my family start the healing and rebuilding process. While money will help, please know I also just appreciate any prayers that you can send their way as well. Pray that they can find strength and hope in a time when everything feels so unsettling and overwhelming. Thank you for any type of support that you are able to give. I appreciate it more than I can tell you.
I am Larisa Nickell from Campbell, CA. I am raising funds for my parents, Mike and Cindy Goltzer. As well as my sister, Savanna Goltzer. The funds will be used to help rebuild their home and pay for what the insurance will not pay for. After the funds are withdrawan they will be given directly to my family.