November 8, 2018.
It is a day the McPherson Family will never forget. They drove out of town, white-knuckled, with the fire burning in their rearview mirror. They took with them nothing but the clothes on their backs. In the months that have followed, they have had to reckon with a new reality. Thankfully, people have opened their home to them for a place to live but with no homeowners insurance, the road ahead of them is long. They had nothing. This family of 3 is facing the difficult task of starting from zero. Monthly bills and expenses make it difficult to make ends meet while they are trying to replace their lost life. But the hardest part about losing everything was losing the things of sentimental value. The list is long of needs, and replacing what was burned up will give them a sense of normalcy and hope. Evan (the Dad) said, "Everyday there’s a harrowing story to hear or a memory of a something you used to own or the sad tired look on a strangers face that lets you know they used to live in Paradise too. We never imagined we would be in a place where we would need to ask so widely for help but are so grateful for the kindness and love that has been shown to us, and are grateful for any help you can give."
Please please please consider donating to this family. And if you can't donate, please share! The circle of help surrounding these families is full of similar faces and devastation... and sharing these stories is the only way to reach outside of their immediate circle to a greater force of strength and help. Whether it's $5, $20, $100.... together we can help make a difference. If you are saying to yourself, "I already gave money to the Red Cross... and I don't know these people." Please take a moment to get to know them and their story. You won't regret it. We will update their fundraiser page to reflect the current needs as we go along.
**Itsy Photography is dedicated to helping this cause. We are currently helping 11 families affected by the fires in a concentrated effort to make a difference. Once we reach our fundraising goals, we have a mile-long list of more families who also need help. If you'd like to see their stories as well, and/or donate to another family in need, click here: https://www.itsyphotography.com/fundraisers
**To see the initial results of our first fundraising efforts and our surprise Santa money giving, click here: https://youtu.be/MmEJVzZ2j6s