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Hearst Fire 2019

$6,904 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 1 month
Created May 11, 2019
Team Wren
on behalf of Geneva Irwin
The May 11 , 2019 a tragic fire on Hearst Ave in Berkeley CA, has left many in need of our help.   Please donate what you can to help those affected by this fire.  My name is Mark Irwin and Wren Irwin is my daughter.    The funds raised will be distributed by Wren to those affected by this tragic loss of home.   She lives with this family at the property on Hearst Ave in Berkeley CA, and is one of 12 in this very large house and its adjoined cottage.   She along  with all those who live here,  is now living with the chaos that follows such a calamity.  Please donate what you can to help pay for items big and small during this time of rebuilding.  As you may know insurance companies will rebuild the house, but insurance does not rebuild the lives of those displaced, or the time lost while their home is rebuilt.   They need everything from big items like sheds and storage locations, to small items like a warming cups of tea to calm the nerves.  

Thank you for all the help that you can do for them.

Mark
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Thank you so much everyone for the amazing support you are providing. I wish I had time to go through and thank each of your individually, because every dollar helps. The funds here will be helping us to get us through the little setbacks that keep cropping up (sudden car trouble, sudden phone trouble, rain cover for people's recovered belongings--seriously California? Rain? NOW? Why must you kick us while we're down?--, etc.) as we work towards rebuilding our home. We've increased the amount of the goal due to the improved awareness of what it is costing to keep everyone fed, clothed, and housed until insurance comes through, as well as the realization that 12 simultaneous emergencies could be financially unsupportable in a worst case scenario. But we continue to be amazed by the donations we have already received and the way our community has showed up to support us. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. Our hearts are full despite the loss, knowing you all are there for us.
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What follows is the public statement from those affected by the 2 alarm fire at 1143 Hearst Ave, Berkeley CA on Saturday, May 11, 2019:

From the family on Hearst Avenue.

To begin, thank you to everyone who has been sending support our way during this difficult time. In particular, thank you for the heroic actions of Berkeley Police Sergeant Lantham, who selflessly entered the home before the Berkeley Fire Department arrived and the tireless efforts of the Berkeley firefighters and first responders, who arrived on the scene within minutes and worked to prevent this horrible situation from becoming much worse. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to Berkeley Animal Care services, who housed and took care of our animals, as well as our amazing neighbors who came from blocks away and donated clothes, shoes, and food as the fire was actively raging. We wanted to reach out and let our community at large know some of the details of the tragedy that struck our home Saturday morning, May 11, 2019.

Our property is a multi-generational household of Berkeley locals and extended chosen family. First and foremost, this is a family home and the heart of our community. We were brought together by a common belief that community is the key to sustainable living and the long-term success of every individual. Over the last twenty years, the Cory family has developed that community with this property as the nexus. The household supports a group of non-neurotypicals, providing a home to many young adults with developmental disabilities and emotional disorders, and the loss of it has displaced most of those people.

We all survived due to the quick thinking and heroic actions of father Bill Gies and daughter Leighlin Gies, who worked together to remove mother Jill Cory, a quadriplegic with multiple sclerosis, and disabled grandmother Carolyn Cory, when the flames began to overtake the upper level of the main house. Quick communication with the rest of the residents initiated by god-daughter Lilian Manahl ensured that everyone got out alive, including all of the pets.

We appreciate our privacy during this difficult time, but value the support being offered. Thank you all for aiding us in the rebuilding of our lives by contributing to the GoFundMe. All donations received will be distributed among the victims. Please keep sharing the link, as every bit will help.

We are a strong community that has suffered a disastrous ordeal, but can and will work together to recover and rebuild.
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$6,904 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 1 month
Created May 11, 2019
Team Wren
on behalf of Geneva Irwin
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