Until they saw the video in the link below four days later, though, they didn't know if they were homeless or not.
In the video, you can see the remains of Robby's boat shed. Behind it, there should be a house and a completely-equipped wood shop. He had over $20,000 in tools alone, all of which exceeded the insurance coverage the their policy would allow for the just the detached structure itself.
He has insurance to replace the home (or at least come close, inflation being what it is), but the contents of the house are only partially covered, and the woodshop coverage will only replace some of the building with no money to replace his tools. I'm trying to raise money to help him rebuild his life and his occupation. He is a retired USPS letter carrier who supplements his retirement with woodworking.
To exemplify the depth of his loss, he had just finished a program for his automated milling machine to make stands for hobbyists who make lace by hand. That program took him several months of trial and error and a lot of wood before he got it perfected to his satisfaction. The computer with that file along with his first batch of lace-making stands is now a pile of ashes and melted metal on the floor of what once was his shop. That was one of many programs that went up in smoke, along with his backup drive. Years of work. He lives in the country beyond cable-service range. Cloud storage, unfortunately, was not a viable option. He could see the fire coming over the hill, and he had to make a choice between getting things like his backup computer drive and using up valuable minutes or making sure they gout out before the country road they live on was blocked by the fire.
I'm trying to raise enough to at least get him back in the saddle with his woodworking. Anything you can give will help.
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