EDIT: My family made their own donation page here: www.gofundme.com/hemphillfirerelief so this page is strictly donations for me to rebuild my business and my whole life. We also now know that the property is completely destroyed and we won't be able to go up and search through the rubble for possibly weeks. Most of you know how much I LOVED my little house. It was literally just finished a few days before the fire. I filled it with art and things to help myself become healthy and happy.
I evacuated my home in Paradise after waking up to a dark red sky on Thursday morning. I live in a tiny house in the backyard of my parent's home. I was alone on the property and had to flee still in my pajamas, with the animals and only a couple essential items. My mom was at church when the evacuation started and she was missing until about 2pm that day. My dad was in Santa Cruz and rushed back home as soon as I called him that morning. My whole life was in that town. I spent the past year making a cozy home for myself, turning a dirty garage into the beautiful home of my dreams, gathering art supplies, and making art. After moving around for much of my recent life, I finally felt as though I was growing roots in that town.
The art/jewelry supplies that I had been investing in were all left behind. Every single piece of art I've ever made was left behind. All of my medical equipment and expensive supplements were left behind, along with much of my prescription medication. All of my clothes, except for a couple random items, were left behind. Everything single thing I had invested in for myself over the past year was left behind. All of the priceless memories, family photos, things left to me in my grandparent's wills, will never be able to be replaced.
I am disabled with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, an aortic aneurysm, among other things, and I had already been dealing with worsening health issues over the past several months. I was in the ER of the now destroyed Feather River Hospital only two days before the fire.
We are not sure if the house is still there or not, but even on the very slim chance that it is still standing, we will still need to rebuild our lives. There is no town to go back to--it's all gone.
Anything helps--we need to get by during the time that we're displaced and who knows what we will face once we get back to our neighborhood.
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