My brother, Greg, just lost everything in one of the Santa Rosa fires this week. Please help.
"Apocolyptic" and "numb" are two of the words Greg Coll described after the Santa Rosa fire ravaged his home.
His girlfriend Christine called. It was the third try that woke him up at 2:30am. She told him to leave the house as the fire jumped the 101.
As he opened the curtains to his window, he witnessed embers falling between his home and the next door neighbor's. He grabbed his backpack, quickly threw what he could into it and made his way to the kitchen. It was bright. The home behind him was on fire too. He went out front and grabbed a hose, but the smoke was thick and he couldn't breathe well. The tree and bushes in front were all on fire. He dropped the hose and ran to the car to leave.
Among the things lost:
"Everything. My mom had been sending me family heirlooms -- stuff from WWII which my graparents fought in. Tons of photos. And 99% of my belongings and everything my non-profit owned."
The nonprofit is Ales for Autism, and Greg has raised tens of thousands of dollars, turning a hobby into a force for change. ♡Now it's our time to give back!!!♡
Side note: Greg was reluctant to start a GoFundMe. "I would feel strange taking peoples' money," he said. That's just the kind of guy he is.
He is always doing for others, is an awesome friend to many, the best brother, uncle & son to his family, so we hope you will join in helping him get back on his feet.
Greg was a renter. He did not have renter's insurance, something he deeply regrets. The money raised via this GoFundMe will go directly to Greg to replace critical needs and belongings as he rebuilds his life.
"I am just grateful to be alive. Had Christine not called me three times, I might not be talking to you right now."
(We are so very grateful to you Christine!!!)
Thank you in advance for your support. Any amount, big or small, is appreciated.
Our hearts go out to all of the families and we hope to be up there helping soon.
You can read more about Ales for Austim here:
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