Like many others in our community Cristian and Emily Colacillo’s family’s lives have been deeply impacted by the record flooding that hit Whatcom county November 14 & 15, 2021 causing extensive damage to their home. Cristian, Emily and their two young daughters evacuated their home on Sunday, November 14 to stay with family in Lynden while the flood waters swept through the city of Sumas, Wa. Their home, being older, is on one of the lower lots in Sumas and was filled with a few feet of water that took about 5 days to fully recede. They were only able to get into their home to start assessing the damage on Friday, November 19. Saturday, November 20, they began demoing the damaged areas of their home with the help of friends & family. Being a single level house, every room was affected by the flood waters. The walls, insulations, flooring, wiring, heating system is all needing to be removed and replaced. Thankfully, they do have flood insurance to cover that portion of what they lost but it does not cover ANY of their belongings. All their appliances, beds, crib, couches, dining table, chairs, dressers, everything was destroyed and will need to be replaced.
Emily and Cristian are two of the kindest, most generous, and hardworking people you could ever hope to meet. They first met each other in Argentina while they were both working with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) building homes for others in need. They were married in 2013 and moved back to Emily’s hometown of Lynden, Wa in 2017 when they decided they were ready to start their family. They have 2 beautiful daughters, the oldest is 4 years & youngest is 11 months. Earlier this year they were able to purchase their first home and moved in in March. They have lived much of their lives in service to others and are now humbly seeking help as they begin the long process of rebuilding their home and putting their lives back together.
The donations will go to replacing all their appliances, furniture, and other belongings that they lost, along with any repairs needed to their property that the insurance will not cover and misc. expenses they may run into while not being able to live at home. Gift cards are also a welcome. If you would like to offer to help out Emily and Cristian in other ways, please feel free to contact Kelcie Paulis at [email redacted].
Thank you for your help, support, love & prayers