129
129
8

Help Meghan and Chris rebuild

$17,290 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 128 people in 8 months
Created October 10, 2017
October 9th 2017, Meghan and Chris lost their entire house and all their belongings to the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. Luckily a neighbor woke them up at 2am to evacuate and they were able to get their young children and dog safely away from the neighborhood. Evacuation happened so suddenly that they escaped with nothing but the clothing on their back, their phones, one laptop (no charger), and a wallet. Later that day, they received the video of their burnt down house... shocked and traumatized to see only a burning lot left where their home once stood. Many of you have been asking how you can help so we thought we would set up this page. As you can imagine, they will need to completely rebuild their life, piece by piece. The memorabilia is gone, but at least we can try to ease the the incredibly hard road ahead of them. 

Warm hugs, 
Missy and Jennifer

Video's below were taken by their neighbors:





Missy Kehoe and Jennifer Smith, from FL and CA
Family friends
Funds will be spent to rebuild their home that was burnt completely down by the fires
Meghan and Chris will withdraw the funds directly as beneficiaries
+ Read More
This global support is jaw dropping! With all our heart and soul, Thank You.

Meghan had a unique experience going clothes shopping for herself last night.

“Heading to a store felt normal. Parking felt normal. Walking in felt normal. But as soon as I was inside I was stuck. ‘What do I really need right now? What do I like? What will I wear in the next few weeks? I don’t need to be cute, sexy, and on-trend, I just need clothes.’ In the past, when I would walk to a display, usually I just pick what seems cute and move on. What I didn’t realize is I was usually doing an entire assessment of my wardrobe in a 2 second blip. ‘What will I wear with this? What shoes? What bra? I’ll have to make sure this pair of underwear is clean if I end up wearing that...’ Every answer came to a void. There were no responses. When you lose everything, reality checks happen all the time. ‘Why buy socks? Well, I only left the house wearing flip flops. Look at those fun boots! Don’t buy boots. You don’t have a home. Let’s get a home first.’

But my friend gave me the nudge to go. She started showing me cute stuff. She got my brain to push through the overwhelming chatter and go with it. I honestly felt like leaving because it was too hard to process the weight of my new existence. Within 20 minutes, all of those inner voices were gone. I was back to myself and was sorting through piles for my size. It became a metamorphosis in a way, because I transitioned from hopeless and confused to confident. I rebuilt my confidence to get past this and create a new life, with new memories.

And I have to say, it was an experience I wasn’t expecting. We feel so grateful for what we have and have discussed the feeling of acceptance and perseverance. But to go through all those thoughts, the feeling of hopelessness, the sad reminders of some of my favorite items that were incinerated, that I’ll never wear again. To think about other families doing it all over again. Even though I was shopping for clothes and mostly surrounded by them, it makes you remember everything. ‘Oh yeah, I’ll need a water bottle. Ugh, but I just bought one before all of this!, Noli needs a lunch box when she goes back to school. My shopping bags used to be in the car but I took them out to make space for June when we were fleeing...’

The community support for this gofundme page is inspiring. I keep thinking of my neighbors and my urge to see them. To buy them things they need because we all lost everything. This money will be used to rebuild our sense of normalcy as well as help my community. With the fires still affecting my town, more friends end up homeless. My daughter’s school is gone. I’ll need to help buy new school supplies and snacks for (graham) cracker recess. As I said originally, we will send this gift forward and affect the lives of numerous others for years to come. Again, thank you.
+ Read More
After and before photos of their home
+ Read More
A note from Chris and Meghan:

Everyone’s generosity is completely overwhelming. We are beyond grateful and it means more than we can say. At every turn, we are reminded of things we once had that now must be replaced. From toothpaste and deodorant to shoes and underwear. The kids want to play with things that no longer exist. We are living a seemingly normal life right now, until the memory returns and the impossibility of it all sinks in again. Our home is gone. Our neighbors are displaced. Magnolia’s school is gone. Our town is still burning. But we have an outpouring of love and generous offerings which lessens the pain. Meghan will never hold one of her dad’s photographs or use her grandmother’s China again and Chris will never use his grandmother’s cookbook that was passed down from his mom. But Meg’s engagement ring can be replaced, the growth chart can be drawn again, the cloud holds our family pictures and and we will rebuild. Chris and I want to send our deepest thanks and love. We will send it forward for the rest of our lives.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

$17,290 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 128 people in 8 months
Created October 10, 2017
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
DO
$50
Debbie O'Briant
6 months ago
MI
$100
Maki Inada
7 months ago
MD
$100
Margery Daughtrey
7 months ago
$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
AV
$100
Amy Alexander Vasquez
7 months ago
BN
$50
Bryna Nielsen
7 months ago
BB
$100
Bridget Behe
7 months ago
$100
Dan Stever
7 months ago
CT
$100
Chris Tommaso
7 months ago
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.