Fire Relief for Shawn and Sonja

$2,145 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 11 months
On September 22, 2018 Shawn and Sonja, lost their home and their possessions due to a House Fire. 
These funds will help with some of their displacement costs.
Shawn is a Veteran and does odd carpentry jobs to help their income, he lost his tools in the fire. Sonja works at a local hotel.
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We have found a rental...yay!
Possession isn’t until November, so we will be slowly gathering house hold items. We already have a few items and we need to review our list prior to accepting your graciously donated items.

Thank you to all who have donated to the GoFundMe and to those who have given kindness in other ways (clothing, animal care, accommodations, household items, boarding up the trailer, supportive neighbours, phones, tools and gift cards)

We are working with a few Veterans Groups and they all have been very supportive.

Please bear with us over the next week as Shawn and Sonja have family matters to attend.

This week we are asking for kind words of support and prayers during this difficult time; with the loss of a family member and their home all within a week, it has been a bit overwhelming.

Friday they are gathering for the Celebration of Life; for Shawn’s Brother-In-Law, Darren Anderson (Firefighter and EMT-Strathcona County Fire Department).
Rest In Peace Darren

“Sometimes we need someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything, or to do anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared and supported.” -unknown

Thank you
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An amazing friend shared these thoughtful words today, she is a Veteran and a PTSD Advocate.

She has summarized what I haven’t been able to put into words, as I haven’t had much time to reflect as I am hands on dealing with things related to the fire and their needs; along with a few helpers- Kyle Scott-Whitecourt Legion, Grant, Kurt, Dana, Brooke, Cecil and Louis. Thank you for your support.

Unfortunately 3 words do not sum up the feeling that I know all too well. Total loss fire.

Personally I do not know this guy or his partner.. But they are close friends of friends if that makes any sense.

A few days ago they lost everything... Coupled with a personal immeasurable human loss just days prior. (An unexpected tragic death in immediate family)

Before anyone asks, and yes people ask, this fire was deemed 100 % accidental.
To make a very sad situation worse,
They don’t have insurance.
Please, nobody jump down anyone’s throats about having insurance or not having it. I realize how important insurance is.. trust me I do...
Sometimes, immediate need prioritizes food and shelter rather than insurance and things we can’t see. If u have never been in this situation, please try to put yourself there just for a moment before you judge.
I’ve already seen a few people shrug their shoulders and say “well they should have had insurance”
Yah I get it... But have u ever been down in a hole financially and had to choose what to pay that month? I have. Sometimes things have to wait.. or not get paid.


What got to me the most is two things about this situation.
1) They salvaged very few items from the fire but... he found his uniform and medals.
2) He also managed to get his quilt of valour.. albeit damaged.

To anyone else... when you actually look at a total loss fire... you don’t see anything salvageable.
But being someone who has gone through this and managed to only be able to grab one or two things.. Priority is finding the most important things... ya dig through smelly toxic burnt slimy waste just trying to find a piece of your old life. Moving forward it is the only thing left. For me, it was a picture frame from when Ty was a baby. For this guy, it was his uniform. It’s heart breaking to see.

So, listen... I hate asking people for their hard earned money.. I truly do. I never share go fund me anymore as I find they are over used BUT this one is different.
These people really do need a hand up.
My name is not on the donation list as I immediately gave cash directly.

At the end of the day, this could be any one of us. Their pride is hurting (I know that feeling as well)
Their lives are upside down.
They actually have nothing anymore and, they also have a funeral to attend.

My soul is crushed even considering how they are going to pull through this. BUT
I’m a firm believer in human compassion and strength. Community spirit and helping.

Thanks for any help u can provide.

Any questions please contact Lisa Peterson.
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Thank you for all of your support.

Update: Shawn and Sonja have been graciously donated furnished accommodations until the end of October, by Sonja’s employer. This gives them time to find more permanent accommodations.

The Fox Creek Legion is working with them to assist them with their needs, unfortunately we can not provide funds for all of their needs. We have guidelines to follow set forth by Dominion Command.

On Wednesday we hope to replace some of their missing ID, purchase a phone and get them more immediate needs (clothing and food). Thanks to your support through the GoFundMe and other in-kind donations.

We have been in contact with the Town of Fox Creek and a removal company; there is a $75 demolition/removal fee for the burnt trailer and we are unsure of all of the costs associated with the removal, as of yet.

If you have any questions please contact me, Lisa.
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