UPDATE 05/24/19 We are so deeply grateful to you all for your support. We have written an update and thank you message. Please go to the update section to read this message.
A tragic fire destroyed the family home of Cheryl Greenfield and her son, Levi Greenfield, in Ashland, Wisconsin on Friday night, March 1. Thankfully, both Cheryl and Levi are safe! But their beloved cat, Nyx, is missing.
The fire spread so fast that Cheryl had to flee without her coat or wallet. They've lost nearly everything: Furniture, clothing, housewares, family heirlooms and antiques, computers, books, personal papers, and more.
Here's the story as covered in the Ashland Daily Gazette.
Their neighbor sheltered Cheryl and Levi on Friday and Saturday night. They're currently looking at temporary housing while they figure out what to do next.
The garage is still standing, but the house has been destroyed by the flames, smoke, and water damage. The temperature in Ashland is currently below zero, so all the water in the house has turned to ice.
We (Cheryl's sisters, Louise and Myrna, and sister-in-law, Michelle), and Cheryl's children/Levi's siblings (Joe, daughter-in-law Sarah, Rob, and Becky) are devastated.
No other immediate family members live in or near Ashland, so we're doing what we can to help from afar. We're reaching out to you, our friends, colleagues, and communities, to help our family members in need.
The family is happy to welcome Julie Ann to Team Greenfield. Julie Ann, who lives in nearby Washburn, is Cheryl's friend and colleague. She took several of the photos in this post. Thanks for your help, Julie Ann!
Cheryl and Levi's friends, neighbors, and co-workers, as well as local businesses and organizations, have been extremely kind in helping them with immediate necessities, so they do have a change of clothes, shelter, and food to eat.
Cheryl has insurance, but insurance rarely covers the total of such a tragedy. It will be a while before we know the full extent of the need, including the immediate need for expenses for temporary housing. We're starting the fund at $30,000 so the family can move forward as quickly as possible.
This photo below is inside the house before the fire. Their sunny, cozy little home has been destroyed.
Thank you for your love, support and donations at this sad time. We will keep this site updated.
Becky, Joe, Sarah, Louise, Michelle, Myrna and Rob