On November 8, 2018, my brother Jim, his wife Monte, and 6 year old son, Sawyer lost everything in the devastating Camp Fire that devoured their beloved town of Paradise, CA. This early morning fire was the fastest and most destructive wildfire in California History. Jim and family with their dog, Samba escaped with hardly anything but the clothes they were wearing. They are now faced with the reality that everything is gone. The house, the car, their clothes, Jim’s business office, Sawyer’s toys, Monte's cherished keepsakes… every physical memory of their lives went up in flames.
The town of Paradise is also gone and so Jim and Monte are forced to rebuild their lives elsewhere. They have been living in a one-room motor lodge since Thursday. There is no housing or lodging available for 50 miles in any direction.
First and foremost, we are so grateful for their safety. Asking for help does not come easy to this family. It’s a vulnerable place to be. But what they will be facing in the coming months will be overwhelming. They are grateful for your love and support lifting them up through this difficult time.