Vanessa/Jeremy Fire Recovery

At noon today, January 1, 2018, my friend Vanessa Kinzey and her husband Jeremy Bergolios lost their house and all its contents in a freak house fire. Anyone who knows Vanessa and Jeremy, knows they are kind, caring, positive — folks who help other folks out. Thankfully, their dogs Margot and Rufus got out safely with them and were fine. That's what is most important. . . they are safe in a hotel with the pups.

They have insurance and lots of offers of help. Right now, they are trying to figure out next steps. There are many unknowns. As you can imagine, they are exhausted. But we do know until insurance is figured out, that there are lots of needs. Vanessa told me that she was able to throw on some clothes as she was getting out of the shower and actually left the house in her slippers.

They were able to borrow two dog crates for the pups. I know that Vanessa has a need for a computer (PC) so that she can work. If anyone has got a spare laptop, that would be helpful. In the meantime, they need to get some clothes, dog food, and other basics. It's very difficult to estimate costs at this point, but they could use some help while dealing with these unknowns. Donations from GoFundMe will go directly to Vanessa and Jeremy and help as they figure out next steps. Donations can also be made via PayPal or Venmo on request. We'll do our best to keep you posted on specific needs, but please know your thoughts, prayers, and donations are very much appreciated!

Update: 1/2/18: The cat has been found!! Still assessing the damage, however, another great piece of news is that Jeremy found a charred box containing important documents — including birth certificates and passports — relatively unscathed! They meet with an insurance adjuster tomorrow. Don't really know what will result, but we'll try to keep you posted in case we need to raise the amount needed to help.

Thanks, everyone for your support so far!

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Organizer and beneficiary

Wendy Baird 
Columbia, MD
Vanessa Bergolios 
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