Help for Kara After Wildfire

$10,152 of $10k goal

Raised by 153 people in 4 months
Callie Stelter
on behalf of Kara Van Veghel
 NEW YORK, NY
I saw my sweet friend, Kara Van Veghel, on Thanksgiving. None of us fathomed a few days later she would lose everything in the forest fire that ripped through Gatlinburg. Kara lost her home, her memories, and all of her belongings. She has to start completely over. Kara is the most selfless person I know. She will do absolutely anything for a friend. She's truly an inspiration and role model to others when it comes to kindness. She did not deserve this. The wildfire in Gatlinburg engulfed half of the town including all of Kara's belongings and home. Kara escaped the fire just in time with her two fur babies, Ella the dog and Maddie the cat. We are so thankful she is safe, but she needs help right away. Kara works two jobs in Gatlinburg right now. She works for "Ole Smoky Distillery" in logistics and transportation and as an entertainer at "Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre" where she is loved by many. Please do what you can for my dear friend. Every little bit helps. She knows the Lord will watch over her and we thank God she is untouched, but her well being is shaken beyond repair. Please do what you can to help her in this difficult time.
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Update 7
Posted by Callie Stelter
4 months ago
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Merry Christmas, everyone! Kara is spending the holiday with friends where she is temporarily residing! She keeps a sunny disposition always. She's truly a super trouper! Thank you all for your donations and have a wonderful day❤️ Blessings to you all!
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Update 6
Posted by Callie Stelter
4 months ago
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Here is Kara with photographer Jeremy Cowart at the remains of her home
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Update 5
Posted by Callie Stelter
4 months ago
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We have reached the goal of 10k! Thank you all so much for your help and kindness. The page will remain open as Kara will continue to need donations to rebuild her life far beyond 10 thousand. We've hit a milestone! Thank you all so much for all the donations and kind words!
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Update 4
Posted by Callie Stelter
4 months ago
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Kara was a part of a photography project yesterday called "Voices of Gatlinburg" she got to tell her story. Here is a photo from Jeremy Cowart's collection.
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Dayana Robinson
4 months ago

Beautiful Kara, You are in our prayers! Love D and Teddy♡

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Melissa Coggins Borgioli
4 months ago

Joy. Bring us joy. Stupid autocorrect.

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Melissa Coggins Borgioli
4 months ago

Dear Miss Kara, You and everyone at SFA bring us such not. I am so sorry for everything y'all are going through. Stay safe. ♡♡♡

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$10,152 of $10k goal

Raised by 153 people in 4 months
Created November 30, 2016
Callie Stelter  
on behalf of Kara Van Veghel
$50
Anonymous
4 months ago
MM
$50
Mitch Moore
4 months ago
DD
$100
Danny Devaney
4 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

NM
$100
Nicole Miller
4 months ago

I really don't know what to say other than you were always so kind to me in college and I hope this helps pay it back a bit

KL
$100
Karen Lichtenberg
4 months ago

Love your beautiful voice. Saying prayers for you.

KS
$50
Katherine Scott
4 months ago

Praying for you Kara. <3

$30
Anonymous
4 months ago
$50
Anonymous
4 months ago
LJ
$103
Linda Johnson
4 months ago
$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
Dayana Robinson
4 months ago

Beautiful Kara, You are in our prayers! Love D and Teddy♡

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Melissa Coggins Borgioli
4 months ago

Joy. Bring us joy. Stupid autocorrect.

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Melissa Coggins Borgioli
4 months ago

Dear Miss Kara, You and everyone at SFA bring us such not. I am so sorry for everything y'all are going through. Stay safe. ♡♡♡

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