UPDATE: Thanks to the support of so many loving friends and generous strangers, we have exceeded our goal many times over. My parents would like to express their deepest thanks; the generosity they've experienced here and in Portland, where they are staying, has been a tremendous encouragement in a very difficult time. For those who would still like to contribute to those suffering from the Dixie Fire (and it isn't over yet), the Plumas News website and https://www.dixiefirerelief.org both have vetted organizations helping fire victims. Please keep the 28,000 residents of Lassen, Plumas, and Tehama county still evacuated from their homes in your thoughts and prayers. Many have lost everything, and many are living day by day waiting to see if their houses will go next. This will be along recovery for our beloved home.
Last week, my parents, Julien and Pat Howe, lost their home in Greenville, CA to the Dixie Fire. My family has lived in Greenville since 1996. They built this little house themselves, finishing it in 2008 and intending to grow old there. Though their home was small in size, it was great in hospitality. Hikers, cyclists, hitchhikers, and displaced people all stayed there with my parents, sometimes for a night, sometimes for months. They hosted Rotary dinners, Bible studies, mentored local children. Now that house is gone along with the town that they lived in and served for the past 25 years. Any money raised will help them recover from this terrible tragedy and will go to basic living expenses in the coming months. My parents are frugal and generous people, and any money that they do not need will go to others suffering from the Dixie Fire.
In compliance with GoFundMe's policies about raising money for the 2021 California Wildfires:
1. I am Serena Howe Warnky.
2. I live in North Texas now with my husband; our permanent address is in Livingston.
3. Julien and Pat are my parents.
4. They will spend these funds on living expenses until insurance money comes in.
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