Guess who is NOT helping these people. FEMA is not coming in to rescue anyone. The government is not lending any hands. Our own communities are helping these people. The neighbors and friends of Pateros and the Okanogan County have opened their hearts and their wallets to help people they don't even know. When a disaster happens in a rural location, it affects people for miles around.
For the past several weeks I have been collecting cash donations to buy travel trailers to donate to families with no where else to live. I have raised over $15000.00 to purchase trailers. They are not the Taj Mahal of trailers but they are functioning, with a generator, a bed, and running water. If I got to choose between living in a tent and living in a trailer like that, I think you know what I would choose. This mission started out with a few friends and I collecting donations, we made enough to buy a trailer, we took it to Pateros and gave it to a man who had been sleeping in the park. After that we found other people who had trailers that they wanted to donate themselves. Through my resources in Pateros I found them a family to donate their trailer to. Once the trailer is donated, that family can do whatever they want with it. They can live in it until they find real housing. They can sell it and take the money for a down payment. They can keep it forever. Hopefully they don't live in it forever but they can if they so desire. It is THEIR trailer. Right now between the donations I have collected and the trailers other people have donated we are currently working on our 12th trailer.
The reason I am starting a GOFUNDME plea is because there are many people out there who have not heard of this or who don't know how they can help and it's an easy way to spread the word via facebook or e-mail. It is much easier to use your card instead of a check to make a donation to the trailer fund. I promise you that any money that comes to this fund will go directly to a fire victim. We are researching other options for housing now that it's getting cold out. There are many summer homes in Chelan that might be empty for the winter months and if we can get the owners to rent them to some families they will need rent money. Remember these people lost EVERYTHING. People who had no insurance are left with nothing at all. People who did have insurance may be getting a new home but you know it won't be ready to move into before the snow flies. We are trying to help ALL of the victims. Please help me, help them. If you know someone who can donate $50 or $100 please e-mail this to them. I will try and keep you updated as we progress. If you know anyone with a trailer they would like to donate to the cause, please send them my way and we can find you a family to put in it. THANK YOU
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