Grant-Wiesler Onward & Upward Fund

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Raised by 155 people in 33 months
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Aaron Ximm
on behalf of Samantha Grant

Dear friends, family, and community of Sam, JJ, Silver, Evening, and West,

The Grant-Wieslers' home on Prospect Avenue was destroyed by fire on Friday morning, September 23.

Our neighborhood blog has the details:

Thankfully, and most importantly, everyone is fine.

 Their warm and welcoming home however is unlivable, and most of the family's posessions were lost.

The Grant-Wielsers are bracing for for a very long climb to restore, remake, and rebuild.

As friends and family, many of us immediately wonder how we can help in this time of need.

One certain thing is that during the next few months especially, the family's cash flow is going to be both complicated and unpredictable.

There will be hundreds of compounding expenses small and large to re-acquire the tools of modern life.

One way we can help is to build the Grant-Wielsers a 'slush fund' for those occasions.

There will be many ways to help West, the girls, and Sam and JJ! 

But if you can make a donation–and of course, of any size at all!–it will make a real difference, one that will be received with profound gratitude.


Speaking of gratitude, for anyone who hasn't seen it, here are Sam's words twelve hours after the fire.

They remind me how lucky we are all and how grateful we, too, can be that the family is safe.

Sam on Facebook:

"Tonight I am grateful. So grateful. And I feel lucky. So lucky.

That's not what I would expect to be feeling after standing on the sidewalk and watching my home of the past 15 years, the home where all 3 of my kids were born, the home where JJ Wiesler and I have built our whole adult life together, go up in flames.

But it's amazing how quickly your priorities come clear when you are forced to choose, in a second, what is most important to you. People, memories, photos, videos, musical instruments, the kitchen table around which so much of my life has unfolded, my dads lap desk and typewriter, cameras, journals…

Everyone is OK. The girls are pretty shaken up, but they’re going to be fine. And the baby is just going with the flow. To him, it's just another day of new experiences.

The only person who was injured was one of the 66 amazing firefighters from the San Francisco Fire Department who risked their lives today to save our home. I am so moved, overwhelmed with gratitude, by the moments of kindness that we experienced in this insane day from hell. The female firefighters, who are also moms, who took the time to rescue the kids lovies. The other firefighter who returned our emergency cash stash that was about to disappear into the flames. The other firefighters who went back into an active fire to recover all our family photos and videos. The neighbors who boxed up and stored our salvaged belongings without even being asked. The other neighbors who quietly pressed their keys into our hands, offering beds, pillows, towels, food, and even a friends apartment where we are staying right now. I'm so moved."

Sam ends with the following, her own words which sum up precisely why we're creating this GoFundMe:

"And for those of you who are asking how you can help, please stand by – we are going to need a lot of help. We just need a day or two to even figure out exactly what we do need…

I shed a lot of tears today, and then I held my kids and my incredible husband close, and I thank god that we’re all OK. Everything else is really just gravy."

They do need a lot of help. 

This campaign for West, Evie, Silver, Sam, and JJ is one way we can help immediately.


About the campaign organizers: we are Aaron, Bronwyn, Ember, and Juniper Ximm. We are a family of close neighbors and friends of the Grant-Wieslers.

Our families shared the same world-class nanny over many years. Only a few days ago our girls traded morse code messages from our front porch to their back one.

We can't believe it's going to be a year or more before we can trade more morse code. We love them one and all, and wanted to immediatley get some help organized on their behalf!

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Hi everyone,

Well, that was fast! This campaign has been a rapid, complete, success, thanks to the collective YOU!

The Grant-Wiesler family, responding this evening in their own words:

"Dear friends and community,

We are just getting back online today after an intense day with the insurance guys and some builders. This whole thing is moving so fast our heads are really spinning. To think that it has only been 4 days since the fire is difficult to comprehend.

On the upside, our community is simply AMAZING!!

We are absolutely STUNNED by your generosity. Overwhelmed again with gratitude.

We seriously cannot believe how quickly people showed up to help us out.

While we have been busy sifting through the rubble (literally) for things like my lost engagement ring (we found it!!!!) our friends have been busy setting up a GoFundMe, a Meal Train, and a wish list for donated items.


Going through something like this is actually really traumatizing, but the fact that so many incredible people rushed in to help us, to support us, to show us the love, has made everything so much more bearable.

So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

We feel so very, very lucky to be part of so many wonderful communities - to name a few, The Kitchen, Alvarado Elementary, UC Berkeley GSJ, and Bernalwood.

With a huge and humbled heart, full of love.

Sam, JJ, Silver, Evie, and West Wiesler"

Bronwyn and I couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Thank you so, so much, one and all.

It's amazing–truly–how many of you have contributed, and more amazing still how many of you did so simply as neighbors and members of our broader community.

As JJ said, thanking Todd Lapin from Bernalwood (whose coverage of both the fire and this effort have been above and beyond the call!), while this is an experience one would never seek, it's easier when you live in 'the best neighborhood in the world.'

In troubled times, altruism and kindness like this are truly a solace and a comfort!

Deep bow. Deep deep bow.
Aaron & Bronwyn (organizers)
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$14,809 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 155 people in 33 months
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Created September 24, 2016
Aaron Ximm
on behalf of Samantha Grant
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Cheryl Campbell
33 months ago

That sucks!! So sorry this happened to your lovely family!

Jeff Tiell
33 months ago
Erin Hupp
33 months ago

Wishing you all the best as you rebuild, fellow Alvarado family!

33 months ago
Craig Mautner
33 months ago
C&C Gantz
33 months ago

Thankfulness in the face of such loss leaves us speechless but causes us to stop for a moment to consider how we would respond. We are thankful for the opportunity to help you rebuild. Peace.

Christopher Hedge
33 months ago
lisa stifelman
33 months ago
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Kate Grant
33 months ago

We are so glad your all safe and sound. Onward and upward. sending all our Love love love xxx

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