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Gerry and Kelly: Recovering from the Camp Fire

$12,129 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 4 months
Created November 16, 2018
Hello -- My name is Ellen Sasaki, and I live in Richmond, California.  I have started this campaign for my long-time friend Gerry Fait and her partner Kelly who lost their house and all their possessions – including 40 years of her artwork -- in the Camp Fire in November. They attempted to evacuate with their animals including three macaws, a horse, a dog, goats, and chickens but their trucks got stuck. They were forced to leave their beloved pets when the fire department came to their rescue, and told them they could not take the animals.

Gerry and Kelly are currently staying with good friends on a tomato farm in Biggs, south of Chico. One macaw has been returned to them. My fundraiser is to help raise the money they need until they can get a more permanent living situation and start re-building their lives.  Donations will be used to buy a car and to start replacing clothing, furniture, and other possessions lost in the fire.  All donations will be deposited directly to Gerry's bank account.

Thank you so much for caring about them.
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Hello: The goats and horse have been placed with friends. The three macaws have a babysitter. We are in Santa Barbara waiting for a weather window to complete our journey to Benicia with the sailboat that eventually will become our live aboard home. A boat home will eliminate certain home expenditures but will add others. Fortunately, Kelly is experienced in boat maintenance and diesel mechanics. This is our creative solution for living while we wait for the FEMA cleanup.

I am continually grateful for your friendship and kindness. Love, Gerry
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I am working on half a dozen watercolors of the burnt forest. (One posted below, I hope.)

It may take as long as a year before rural properties like ours are certified for rebuilding. With that news, we began to look around for a quicker path to a permanent residence. We soon realized that it would be difficult to replace what we had.

Kelly is convinced that we should purchase a yacht to live on. We both have lived on boats before and, in fact, that is how we met. His boat was docked near my Cruise-A-Home in Sausalito. I liked the unusual lifestyle of living on the water but I will miss having a garden.

Happy New Year! I wish you good fortune this year and strong resolve to go in the direction that makes you the happiest. Love to you and yours, Gerry
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Watercolor of burnt forest. testing....
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It is my favorite holiday time. Joy, peace and happiness to you. Thank you friends, friends of friends, survivors of the Oakland fire and other fires, college buddies, Desert Survivors, hiking buddies, folks from the coffee shop and marina where I once docked my Cruise-A-Home, members of TF Metals Report, artists, friends of artists , those of you who went from grade school through high school with me in a small town in Connecticut and all you other amazing people. You have been a great comfort.

Every day, I walk the dirt roads that run through the burned forest surrounding the house that is our current refuge. The forest floor is black. Many of the tree trunks are burnt from base to top, stripped of small branches, twigs, and foliage. The view is open and quite beautiful. I believe that many of the trees are still alive. Yes, I am using my donated art supplies to draw and paint!

With love and gratitude,
Gerry
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$12,129 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 4 months
Created November 16, 2018
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