My name is Lisa and I am organizing this fundraiser for my Aunt Shari and her family, who just lost everything due to a wildfire.
My aunt, and her long-time boyfriend Paul, live in a small town in Oregon called Detroit. She owns and operates a motel right across from the lake, and was actually mayor of the town from 2010 to 2016. For about ten years now, my aunt has been rescuing and caring for feral cats and kittens until they are adopted. Yet her selflessness began long ago in New Jersey when she began fostering her special needs son, Jason. And even while running a motel, caring for her family, rescuing cats, and everything else she does in Oregon, my aunt still manages to take care of relatives in NJ when they ask her for help. This is just a brief background to give you a glimpse into the kind heart she has.
On September 8, at 1:45 in the morning, my aunt and Paul were told to evacuate due to a wildfire. They gathered all of Jason’s medical supplies, and also captured about 30 feral cats and kittens to be transported out of the area. My aunt let us know when they were safely at a motel in Salem, Oregon.
Today, September 9, they heard from someone who drove back into Detroit. The woman took videos of the damage. My aunt’s house and motel are gone, there is nothing left.
My aunt and Paul currently do not know where they with go from here. Anything we can raise to help get them settled somewhere would be amazing. Thank you!
All Seasons Motel, pre-wildfire
- Lynn Wanaselja
- Dianne DiCola
- Vicki Kintz
- Amber Barton