Help Melissa and Ren rebuild after the fire



Our closest friends Melissa & Ren (Brian Varney) lost everything from the Holiday Farm wildfire. They had just moved in to their dream home in Vida, OR, on August 22nd. They have a dog and two cats. Their three chickens were lost because they weren’t able to evacuate with them.

The smell of smoke woke them up in the early morning hours, there was thick smoke and ash. They grabbed the dog & cats and loaded them in the truck. As they were heading up the driveway, there was a police car shouting out to everyone “Get out now!”. They didn’t get a chance to pack anything but the pets and the clothes on their back. They have been staying in an AirBnb provided by their realty company since, with the fear of losing everything. No extra clothing, no socks, no essentials. Nothing.

Then a few days later, they learned through the Facebook community that worst had happened. Their home was completely burned to the ground. They had just purchased a brand new bed, lawnmower, and chicken coop. Their brand new car had also melted from the heat. Many of their belongings had yet to be unpacked.

This is a devastating time for them. Anything helps. Please help Melissa & Ren to rebuild their life after this tragedy.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Windie Chao 
Seattle, WA
Melissa Meszaros Varney 
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