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Fleischer Family Fire Recovery Fund

$15,018 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 154 people in 17 months
Created October 12, 2017
Our fellow Viking (and Spring View Spartan), Paul Fleischer, was among those affected by the devastating fires in Northern California.  The most important thing: Paul and his family are safe.

The bad news: His home and his neighborhood were completely destroyed. Paul left with the clothes on his back, and that's about it. Paul considers himself among the lucky, and has even contributed to the Santa Rosa Teachers Association Member Support Fund.

Many have asked how they can help. It took a little arm twisting, but Paul has reluctantly agreed to let us set up this account on his behalf. He'll accept the donations, and, as expected, he said, "If I don't need it, I will find those who do."

Insurance takes time. Cash goes quickly. Immediate help is needed by many.

Paul touched many lives at Spring View and Marina, and I can't imagine the impact he is having on the lives of the kids he's teaching.

Let's step up and help him. And let's help him to help others, as we know he'll do. I've set a modest $1,000 goal for this campaign, but I expect that we can blow past this goal in short order.

Paul is posting updates on Facebook. Search for him and you'll find him.

I'm including the following information to get this campaign approved ASAP.

1. Who you are: Bryan Hinkle
2. Where you're from: Scotts Valley, California
3. Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for: Friend since elementary school
4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible): to provide immediate financial assistance to the Fleischer family
5. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies: Paul has been given direct access to these funds via GoFundMe's beneficiary tools
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It's been a week since we started, and in that short time, together, we have raised $12,825 for Paul and his family. 137 of you have made donations. You've shared the campaign with your friends and family members 669 times. Thank you, and please continue to share. It has a big impact. We've had 6,445 visits to the campaign page! Paul continues to post updates, as he is able, on his Facebook page. He won't "friend" you but don't take offense (he's only "friended" Alan Knipe).

Paul's facing two big challenges right now:

1. Finding housing: He's looking for a 4 bedroom, 3 bath or even a 3 bedroom, 2 bath near(ish) to Santa Rosa High School.

2. He is also looking for a good contractor to rebuild his home.

If you have leads on either of these fronts please share with Paul. I think many of you have his contact information. If you don't have his contact information, you can send me an email via this page, and I will make sure it gets to him.

We've gotten some rain over the last 24 hours in Northern California. Rain and storms can be a mixed blessing for firefighters, but we are all hopeful that it is helping with containment efforts.

Thanks again for helping spread the word, and helping out as you have.

--Bryan
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Friends, today we crossed the $10,000 mark in donations for Paul and his family. This is a shared effort. 117 of you have donated what you could, including individuals who don't know Paul personally. But you have also helped spread the word. THAT is why this has happened. You've shared the campaign with your friends and family members. 596 Facebook shares! We've had 5,454 visits to this page! YOU made this happen. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Paul continues to post updates, as he is able, on his Facebook page. Please continue to share. Much love and gratitude to you all. You are amazing!
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A note from Jan, Paul's sister:

Hi everyone, this is Paul's sister Jan coming to you via my partner's FB page. Yeah, we Fleischers are slow to use FB, so... But that's me in the picture. Anyway, I was just talking to Paul, and I keep insisting he let me try to DO something so he has asked me to let you all know that he is extremely overwhelmed, not just by all he has to do and deal with because of the fire, but by everyone's amazing show of support and love and generosity. He was just late for something he had to do already at 7am, so you can imagine he is finding it hard to write back to each of you personally as he would love to do. I also just found out he can't touch type, and he has those sausage fingers on a small iPhone, so no wonder he's slow at gettingin touch. I'm sending a hugely emotional and heartfelt thank you on his behalf to all of you for your donations, your messages of love and support, and just thinking about him and his family and incredible neighbors who have also lost their homes. I know that the rest of us related to him also thank you all, and we know that some of you who have donated and helped don't even know Paul and just are coming together because you're just incredible humans. These thoughts actually do help, the messages do help. He says it is really bothering him that he can't get back to you all individually and hopes to at some point, but just so you know he has seen all your messages and donations and thanks you all very much and in a way he's even finding hard to express. I hope this message does those feelings justice. Love and thanks on behalf of Paul.
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We've crossed $7,500 in donations for Paul and his family! Thank you for your contributions, and for continuing to share this campaign broadly. I've just doubled to goal of the campaign to keep pace with the generosity everyone has shown. Much love to all of you! Paul continues to post updates on his Facebook account as he is able.
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$15,018 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 154 people in 17 months
Created October 12, 2017
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