Many of our AMain Hobbies and AMain Cycling family have experienced devastating loss due to the Camp Fire in Paradise, California and its surrounding areas. We are actively determining if our people and their loved ones are safe, and ensuring their immediate needs are addressed and taken care of. Thankfully, we are hearing none of our employees lost their life or sustained injuries while fleeing the fire. We have confirmed that thus far, 7 employees have lost their homes in the fire. We have another 9 that are uncertain if their home is gone as of yet. We have heard from many of their harrowing stories of escaping the fire that was burning all around them. Their stories serve as reminders of what is truly important in life; your own life and those of your loved ones and pets.
The fire is still actively burning and the threat for more loss is still a potential. We have heard from many of our customers, vendors, friends, and family, asking how they can help. We are setting up this fund to help provide financial support to those who lost their homes, cars, possessions, as well as beloved pets, so our employees have some financial assistance until they receive insurance money and/or FEMA help. However, we understand that a lot of our employees have experienced loss and do not have any insurance at all, so we want to help them as well. We also are realizing that there are some whose homes have survived but that it may be weeks, if not months, before they can live in their home again due to power lines and infrastructure being gone. We would like to provide some financial support to help them with their short term needs as well.
We want our AMain family to know that we will be with them through this, providing them with support and information as needed, and do all that we can to help their family get back on their feet as quickly as possible. AMain will also be matching funds up to $50,000 to this fund.
Blessings to All,
Kelly Bennett, Owner/Chief People Officer AMain Hobbies & AMain Cycling