Help Ted Bond & his family; displaced by wildfires

{Hello. I'm Steven Neufeld, age 37, member of the band Craig's Brother. I live near Long Beach, CA and have known Ted Bond since the year 2000 when I joined his band as a guitarist/backup vocalist at age 17.}

Due to the recent CZU Lightning Complex Fires, Ted Bond (lead singer/fellow songwriter of my band Craig's Brother) and his family have been displaced. Their lives have been turned upside down. They are thankfully safe and unharmed, but his wife Alora, their 3 kids (Herbie, Eliza, & Jonas) and their dog are currently evacuees in a CA State declared disaster zone emergency in the Northern California / Bay Area. Many of their friends' houses nearby (including the original practice space the Craig's Brother album "Homecoming" was written in) have been reduced to rubble.. only a fireplace remains, amongst piles of ash and debris. Tragically, 7 people have lost their lives due to these horrendous wildfires.


These fires that started well over a week ago by rare "dry" lightning strikes from a summer storm began many scattered wildfires in the Santa Cruz Mountains area, and eventually the Bond family were told they must leave their home immediately, as the flames from nearby fires drew dangerously close to their property in Boulder Creek, CA (literally less than a mile away). They unfortunately did not have time to grab much of their belongings at all, only the clothes on their back. They are currently being shuffled around in hotels, unsure whether they will be paid back via state vouchers and such, as the fires are still not contained. It is illegal for them to go back to their house, and it is very possible it will stay that way for weeks and weeks, possibly even longer. The smoke damage to their property will likely be severe, and they may not have running water or power for months to come, even if allowed to return home. In fact, they just received word that another NEW fire has started in Lompico, 2 miles from their house on the East side (initial fires burned from the West side), and are monitoring their house hourly, living in fear/concern that it may not be standing the next time they check their security cameras. They are stressed to the max, don't know what to do, where to go, or who to turn to in this time of dire need.


As a friend of the family (and Ted's bandmate), my wife & I have offered a place for the Bonds to stay when they need one soon, but for the immediate time, they literally need very basic things like LODGING FUNDS (hotels/airbnbs for a few weeks), CLOTHING, FOOD/WATER (for 2 adults, 3 children, & 1 dog) as well as GAS MONEY to make it to a better place for their 5-person family than a cheap roadside motel, if they choose to leave that region of CA or if they find that they can't afford to stay in said motels any longer. The money raised here will go directly to Jonas Ted Bond (his real full name) and his family’s bank account and will be used for any/all of these very basic life necessities (listed above). They could use a strong $1,000 to start off with but could obviously use more than that if possible, just for added security in the uncertain weeks to come. They are looking for these funds ASAP.


{side note:} If Ted is able to make it down to Southern California, he & I will likely be able to complete the lengthy task of lyrics for the new Craig's Brother album we are working on together, and get to the recording-of-vocals stage as well, which will be a nice relief from all the chaos going on in their disaster-impacted family's world right now. I can't imagine being ripped from my home on a moment's notice, and being unable to access my things, all the while dealing with the pandemic's restrictions which we are all facing during this year. (Somehow, we are trying to stay positive and find a silver lining in this mess through music / productivity via our artistry.)

I ask you please to kindly do what you can.. every little bit will help feed them directly here. Let's get our friend, family-man, and fearless leader (and his awesome family!) through this unforeseen disaster together, and offer to pick the Bonds up when they have been kicked down and really could use a little help & love from the world right now. They will very much appreciate your amazing support / donations, big or small. Thank you again. 

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Organizer and beneficiary

Steven Neufeld 
Los Alamitos, CA
Jonas Bond 
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