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Help the Joyce Family

$27,768 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 310 people in 13 months
Created December 5, 2017
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Marlo Garnsworthy
on behalf of Vanessa Joyce


Vanessa Joyce, Dana Ziegert-Joyce, and their four beautiful children lost their home on Tuesday in the devastating fires roaring through Ventura, California. 


(Picture credit: The Weather Channel.)

We are so very grateful they are unharmed. They were evacuated last night, and then had to be evactuated once more. 

But they have lost everything they own.

Before:


After:



Since these pics were taken, the remaining structures have collapsed. 

The Joyce family will use the funds for immediate basic needs: clothing (they only have the pajamas they escaped with), food for them and their pets, emergency accomodation, toiletries, and other basic and immediate needs while they work out what to do now they have lost their home and all their posessions. 

Vanessa and Dana have put together an initial list of their priorities as they move forward:
*rent an apartment and fully stock it:
*beds, mattresses
*linen and towels
*kitchen tools and supplies
*bathroom supplies
*clothes for all six of them

Also, Vanessa's car is full of ash and will need to be professionally cleaned.

Vanessa and Dana are using GoFundMe's beneficiary tool, so the money will go straight to them and they can access it as needed. I am merely facilitating the awareness of this campaign among our friends, providing updates, and sharing via social media. 

Please help our efforts to help them get back on their feet. Any donation, no matter how small, will help. Even $5, the cost of a coffee, will help. EVERY $5 helps! If you can't donate, please share on social media.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity,

Marlo Garnsworthy & Vanessa's friends from Camberwell Girls Grammar School

Some background: I, Marlo, went to school with Vanessa Joyce, as did the other ladies of Camberwell Girls Grammar School (Melbourne, Australia) who are behind and supporting this campaign. Early in her adulthood, Vanessa moved to the United States and became an American citizen (as did I). She and her spouse Dana are working hard and raising four beautiful children.

The ladies in our Camberwell Girls group agreed I should lead this campaign since I am on the ground in the USA and a citizen. I live in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and am in touch with Vanessa via Facebook. Allison Golding, whom I have known since second grade, is helping me with this campaign. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, went to school with us and is one of Vanessa's best friends. She is in phone contact with Vanessa daily.
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Update 6
Posted by Marlo Garnsworthy
13 months ago
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Hi everyone---and wow!

We are so close to reaching our latest goal of $20,000!

This is really going to make a difference to Vanessa, Dana, and their kids as they tend to their immediate needs.

Vanessa and Dana have outlined their initial priorities as follows:

*rent an apartment and fully stock it with:
*beds, mattresses
*linen and towels
*kitchen tools and supplies
*bathroom supplies
*clothes for all six of them

We're all also well aware that the holidays are upon us, and that this will be an extra difficult Christmas for their family, so let's all work to push our fund-raising over the top an ensure their Christmas and New Year are a little brighter.

If you missed the family on the LA news, here's the link: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/3774511-its-probably-the-hardest-thing-ive-done-ever-says-mom-showing-kids-burned-home/

Thank you once again for the incredible generosity and kindness you have all shown. Let's keep sharing on social media and liking each other's posts, which helps increase the visibility of this story.

On a personal note, I'm just so overwhelmed and happy to see what good there is in the world--and it's in all of you.

Thank you and bless you,

Marlo

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Update 5
Posted by Marlo Garnsworthy
13 months ago
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Hi everybody,

Yesterday, Vanessa, Dana, and their kids were interviewed by CBS Los Angeles, at the site of their home.

http://cbsloc.al/2AFKovo

"It's probably the hardest things I've done, ever," said Dana about showing the kids the smoking remains of what was-- a few days ago--their beautiful home.

It's heartbreaking to watch the reactions of their kids as they try to make sense of what has happened and work through the fear and disbelief.

Vanessa and Dana have put together an initial list of their priorities:
*rent an apartment and fully stock it:
*beds, mattresses
*linen and towels
*kitchen tools and supplies
*bathroom supplies
*clothes for all six of them

Also, Vanessa's car is full of ash and will need to be professionally cleaned.

Last night, Allison told me she had tried to call Vanessa, who texted back: "I’m just doing a surgery right now."

"Wow you going through devastation, and you're still working?" replied Allison. " Amazing."

Vanessa's response: "People need life more."

That's strength. That's resilience, and I know the kindness people are showing is helping give them the strength they need to get through this.

This effort isn't over, and for Vanessa, Dana, and their kids, it's really just beginning. We're in it for the long haul to get them back up on their feet and help them heal.

So, please continue to share, tweet, email, and spread the word. It's your efforts, generosity, and kindness that are making this campaign successful.

Again, thank you!!!

Marlo
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Update 4
Posted by Marlo Garnsworthy
13 months ago
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Our campaign to help Vanessa Joyce and her family is now trending on GoFundMe!!

Let's push it over the top! Every $5 or $10 counts.
Encourage folks to think of it as the price of a couple of coffees.

Please share on social media, even if you can't donate. If you use Twitter, our hashtags are: #wildfire #VenturaFire #CreekFire #ThomasFire #JoyceZiegert #GoFundMe

And thank you!!

Marlo
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Update 3
Posted by Marlo Garnsworthy
13 months ago
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Wow! We have exceeded our initial goal, so we're raising it!

Thank you to everyone who has donated. Please keep spreading the word via social media. Hashtags we're using are: #wildfire #VenturaFire #CreekFire #ThomasFire #JoyceZiegert #GoFundMe

If everyone gave $5--the price of a coffee--we'd knock our new goal out of the ballpark.

Keep up the fantastic work, everyone, and on behlaf of Vanessa, Dana, and their family, THANK YOU!!!

Marlo
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Raised by 310 people in 13 months
Created December 5, 2017
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Marlo Garnsworthy
on behalf of Vanessa Joyce
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