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Gary & Ali Lost Everything to Fire

$50,200 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 211 people in 4 months
Created November 12, 2018


It breaks my heart to tell tell you this.  Like so many canyon residents, Gary and Allison Richardson had just moments to escape the Woolsey Fire as flames roared down the ridge above their house.  They have now confirmed that everything on their property was totally destroyed by the inferno.  Their guest cottage, the wood & soap shops, and the house Gary started building himself  42 years ago are all gone.

This was not only their home, but their livelihood.  Gary is now retired at age 83.  Ali's soap business and them renting out the cottage and a room in their house were their major sources of income.  It will take months if not years for them to rebuild.  They have lost everything and need our help just to live.  Please donate anything you can!  Amounts large and small will be appreciated.  Their lives have meant so much to so many.  Now is the time for us to lend them a hand.  Please forward this link to anyone who might offer assistance.

With much gratitude,

Steve Barnett
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Hello everyone.

I thought it would be appropriate to update you GoFundMe donors with how Gary and Allison Richardson are faring after the Woolsey Fire. I've added a video link as well, but first I want to thank you all so much for your contributions in their time of need. I'm stunned both at reaching the goal we set and that donations are still coming in. Gary and Ali are amazed and grateful for this outpouring of support and as importantly, they can now buy groceries and gas, make their mortgage payments, and pay for interim housing.

You'll recall that with the loss of their home, they also lost all their income from vacation room rentals and Ali's soap business. They've since learned that insurance reimbursements for motels will be deducted from any rebuilding funds, so they're trying to keep costs down by moving from place to place.

The day of the fire, the escaped to a bedroom in a friend's house in Camarillo. A week later, they found a room in a motel in Thousand Oaks where they went to be absorb their loss and to start to grieve. Since then they have divided their time between a donated condo in Palm Springs and another motel in T.O. In January they'll stay at a third friend's vacation home in Encinitas. It's a long drive from their place, but its free. They've also received donations of clothing from a friend in the movie wardrobe business that will augment what the escaped with in their cars.

During all this, they've been wading into the bureaucracy of rebuilding their home. They're in touch with insurance adjusters, insurance appraisers, FEMA, and local emergency agencies. Thank goodness they escaped with their computers, because most of these contacts are via WEB sites and email, and they need to organize through their digital photos and financial records for the claims.

They've discovered that the initial things they must rebuild are the bridges on their property so that trucks can pull in to haul away the debris. Before that, however, the rubble must be inspected for any hazardous materials. These must be safely removed before any other work can begin.

Through all this, they're learning to cope day by day. Gary was a contractor, and he personally started building their home over 40 years ago. Every bit of it is informed by his handiwork, craftsmanship, design, and labor, so its loss is all the more intimate.

Some of you have asked me about the damage to the the property. I managed to get in to see it, and the devestation is total. I've attached a link to a video that shows their place before the fire intercut with photos of it afterwards. It's sad to watch, but I trust it will show you what Gary and Ali have lost and how essential your donations have been. They will always be treasured and appreciated.

Thanks so much again, and warm regards,

Steve Barnett
Gary's Brother-In-Law
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I want to thank everyone for their generous donations and kindness. Gary and Allison finally got onto their property today. My heart aches for them. I've added before and after pictures below.
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$50,200 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 211 people in 4 months
Created November 12, 2018
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