Santa Rosa, CA -
A beautiful town with rolling hills and gurgling creeks, lush greenery and heartwarming landscapes, was laid to waste early monday morning by ravaging wild fires.
Families sleeping peacefully were hurriedly awakened a little after midnight, by friends and family, to a glowing orange sky and thick smoke. With their kids and pets, they fled their homes with whatever important stuff they could collect within ten minutes- working with flashlights, since there was a power outage, already.
My sister's family and about 10 other friends' familes aggregated in one friend's house in Petaluma. By evening, many of them discovered their homes have been burnt to ashes. Every single belonging, possession - from books to blankets, from photographs to electronics, from furniture to clothes - all burnt down by a merciless Tubbs fire. Most of these families have 2-3 school going children.
Everyone is in a state of shock, but they do need to start reliving their lives ASAP. Kids have to go to school, grownups to their work, food must be made, dental appointments kept. Please help in any way you can.
Many many families have lost all they had. This is an effort to help about 20 families that have lost their homes completely.
It is said that there are 5 stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It'll take these families a long time to move on to the third stage, for now they vacillate between denial and anger!
Please donate generously as the rebuilding effort ahead is enormous and longdrawn. Each one of us can make a difference, every contribution counts.
Apart from gofundme donations here, please feel free to donate amazon, target etc. store gift cards.
I am Sujatha Ramdas - trying to help my sister, Saras Ramdas and her friends who are all residents of Santa Rosa, California.
The funds will be distributed to these families equally, so they can use it toward a lot of basic necessities.
The need is real and urgent. Please help!