Help After Tragic Loss

I don't know how to type the story I'm about to tell about my sister, Janelle and her family. It's hard to believe it's even real.  On Thursday, September 7th, every parent's worse nightmare happened: her home, that she shared with her husband and their daughters, caught on fire, taking the lives of all five girls.

It is far too painful to write about each of these beautiful, unique children individually, but everyone that knew them is heartbroken that their playful and loving spirits are no longer with us. Understanding the grief of any parent going through such unbelievable heartache is impossible. Nothing can take that pain away, but Janelle and her husband Jimmy are surrounded by the support and love from family and their church community. 

These two parents lost everything in that fire. While their grief over the loss of those five girls will never end, we can all help to put back together the pieces of their lives that can be rebuilt. Understandably, they wish to move back home from Alaska to California to be near the family that can support them. This means flying their children back home to be put to rest as well as beginning their lives again as best as they can. We ask that you give what you can in this time of tragedy and heartbreak.
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 52 mos
  • Andrea Kauppila 
    • $100 
    • 56 mos
  • Alex Tirion 
    • $50 
    • 56 mos
    • $300 
    • 57 mos
  • Jennifer Davis 
    • $10 
    • 58 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jessalynn Rechtfertig 
San Francisco, CA
Janelle Quackenbush