This fundraiser is being established to help my Dad rebuild his home after a devastating fire.
My Dad, Kevan Ramsey, has spent his entire life in Lumby; he raised five children in this community, and I am sure a number of you either know him or have interacted with him at some point.
On Father's Day (June 19, 2022), while his daughter and granddaughter were visiting from Vancouver Island, the unthinkable happened, a faulty wire ignited, and Kevan's home caught on fire. Fortunately, he and his family were able to escape unharmed, but the fire quickly got out of control. The Lumby fire department arrived quickly, but the fire caused massive damage by the time the fire department got it under control and eventually extinguished.
Unfortunately, Kevan has lost the vast majority of his personal possessions as well as a lifetime of his family memorabilia. All the photos of his children and grandchildren were lost that day. Additionally, all the hallmarks he had saved from his family's life were lost - baby blankets, school projects, Christmas decorations, and gifts he had received from children or grandchildren. Needless to say, it was a devastating day for him.
My Dad has always dreamed of owning a small home in the country where he could spend his retirement years with his pets and family. We all thought he was fortunate enough to achieve that dream, and we were happy for him. Now, due to some technical rules with his insurance, we are uncertain whether he will be reimbursed for anything, and his dream has been shattered.
Today I am reaching out and asking the community for support. I know that Lumby is a tight-knit community, and I have seen it come together to help its members in the past, and I am hoping it can do that again, this time for my Dad. I know this is a difficult time for everyone; dealing with inflation and increased living costs makes donating difficult, but anything you can give or donate would make a difference. Only a few years from retirement, my Dad has lost a lifetime of memories, investments and possessions that he can never hope to get back or meaningfully rebuild. If you know my Dad, you know he would do anything to help someone if they asked him to, and at the same time, he would likely never ask anyone for help. So, I am doing it for him.
I appreciate you all for taking a moment to read this and considering what you can do to help Kevan through this devastating event. Donations are appreciated, but your empathy and emotional support are welcome as well.
Fundraising team (2)
This team raised $1,600 from 14 other donations.