Tiffani and Sean had purchased their trailer just a month ago, after struggling to find affordable housing, and were happy to have their own space at last, which they shared with their fur babies-- two cats (Yuki, ninja assassin, and Mia, the ruffian), and two dogs (Fred and Hercules). On the day of the fire Sean was at work at Amy's Kitchen in White City, and Tiffani was at work at Southern Oregon Cardiology in Medford.
"I will never forget this fire. As soon as I got the word they were evacuating Talent around 2:30, I dropped everything at work and headed out, already thinking I wasn't going to make it. I just needed to drive about 7 miles to get home but the traffic was bumper to bumper with no getting around it. The police officers had detoured us on a road that I had never been on, so I immediately brought up google maps and found that the road would only take me 15 mins to get to Talent. With all the traffic it took about 30 min. By the time I reached Talent, they sky was black and there were zero chance of making a right turn to make it to my home. That's when I saw two police SUVs driving down the road I needed to be on, and without thinking twice I followed them. When we reached the corner, I went beside the officers' vehicle and asked if I could go down the street to my house. The officer gave his apologies and demanded I made a U-turn. That was not the answer I was looking for. The two cops drove off. There was an officer on the ground, I asked the same question to him. He allowed me to follow the two officers, so without hesitation I drove up to Rapp Rd where there was another ground officer who again allowed me to go, this time with more urgency. There was a fire right across the street of the trailer park we lived in. It was so dark that I had to put my high beams on just to see the white of the curb. When I finally reached our driveway, I felt the heat of the fire on my cheek. I only had to get my fur babies! So I drove in, parked, opened the back door of my car. I ran and opened the front door of the trailer, Fred and Hercules (the dogs) ran straight to the car and jumped in. Yuki (cat) was next--I grabbed her and threw her in the car. Mia (cat) was more shaken up and stayed under the bed. Ugh, I didn't want to go under the bed, thinking I had no time, but of course I had to. I threw all the boxes out of the way, got on my belly grabbed, Mia by the tail and then ran out with her. Leaving the park was like a Universal ride, terrifying. Soon we were out of all the black soot and it just seemed like fire was all around us. Smoke was everywhere. But I had my babies with me."
Their home and belongings were uninsured. Please help them get back on their feet--they will need to secure short- and long-term housing and everything to set up their household again, including work clothes and pet supplies. Sean's employer, Amy's Kitchen, has kindly provided them a place to stay for the first week, but they need to find somewhere to live as soon as possible.
If you'd like to offer housing or other items to them, please send a message through GoFundMe and we will pass it on to them.
To avoid this site's service fees, you can also send money through Venmo to Tiffani-Donald (confirmation # is 9182)
Tiff and Sean recognize that many of their neighbors also lost everything, including their pets. If you feel called to do so, please consider donating to FOTAS- Friends of the Animal Shelter in Jackson County. https://www.fotas.org/ways-to-give/
They are caring for animals that are lost or displaced by the fire.
Current info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOTAS
About the organizer: My name is Aiyana Green, and I live near the Almeda Fire, near Ashland, OR. Many survivors are overwhelmed by the traumatic events and the many tasks they now face to recover, so I am volunteering to help fire survivors set-up GoFundMe pages. I was put in touch with Tiffani's sister Noel. 100% of funds raised here (after GoFundMe takes their cut) will go to Tiffani and Sean to pay for housing costs, including short-term stays while they look for a long term rental, as well as rebuilding their small household and caring for their pets.
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