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
CB
$50
Chris & Meg Bluto
4 months ago
2
2

Kara, we met a very long time ago in Oregon. Matt and Chris are brothers, Debi and I (Meg) are sisters who married the brothers. We are so thankful the Lord protected you, your furry babies and your friends. We continue to pray for you and hope this small gift will be helpful.

BR
$100
Brad Rogers
4 months ago
2
2

My best friend and I see a Sweet Fanny Adams show every year when we come to Gatlinburg. We are thinking of you...

KW
$50
Kevin & Amy Woolson
4 months ago
2
2

Very sorry for your loss, hope this helps. Sweet Fanny Adams fan.

$100
Amy Smith
4 months ago
2
2

Kara, God is faithful and He will restore what you have lost. You bring us such joy at SFA. Our whole family will be there to see you all the week of Christmas--you are a special part of our lives. Praying for your restoration!

MB
$50
Matt & Tammy Bolt
4 months ago
2
2

Praying that everything you have lost will be restored, and that you will grow stronger and increase in faith, hope and love. Isaiah 61:2,3 to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

RS
$100
Ronnie Sullivan
4 months ago
2
2

Blessings for your recovery, the Sullivan's

LS
$86
Lauren Simms
4 months ago
1
1

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NASB‬‬

MM
$50
Mishelle McCall
4 months ago
1
1

Love you Kara!

DD
$50
Dwight and Beth Dingus
4 months ago
1
1

Passing on a cash donation I received for you today.

JW
$100
Jamie Waxman
4 months ago
1
1

love you my friend

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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