Joni Evans Fire Fund

$6,565 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 25 months
Cari Weeks Enticknap   FORKS, WA
Ten years ago, Joni Evans rescued a dog she named Gunnar and the two have been inseparable ever since. Recently, Gunnar repaid that rescue by saving Joni's life during a house fire that has left both dog and owner homeless.

On Sunday June 29th, Joni and Gunnar lost everything but their lives in a terrible house fire. There was a scheduled power outage that evening, and Joni had left a candle burning in the bathroom while the lights were out. She fell asleep in her favorite chair, and was awakened by her 100 pound dog Gunnar jumping on top of her. When she opened her eyes, she at first thought the lights had come back on, but quickly realized the light was coming from flames consuming her hallway. Joni grabbed Gunnar, her car keys, and phone, then ran out of the house to call 911. Unfortunately, the house was a total loss, and almost nothing could be salvaged. Because of the age of Joni's mobile home, it wasn't insurable so she and Gunnar, the lifesaving dog, are now homeless, and trying to raise enough money to rebuild their lives from scratch.

Joni works as a personal care assistant for the elderly, home-bound, and disabled. She has devoted her life to helping others - both human and animal - and while rewarding and important work, not a job that enables her to independently finance the staggering costs of demolishing her old home and rebuilding a new one. We would be so grateful if you would help Joni and her heroic dog Gunnar fund their new home. Thank you for your contributions!
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Update 10
13 months ago
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It has been nearly one whole year since Joni's home burned down and she barely escaped with her life and her dog. They lost everything. They have been living in a small camp trailer without insulation all year, but even through the wet and chilly winter, Joni endured every hardship with patience and grace.

Today we transferred all of the donated furniture and housewares from storage into a U-Haul because tomorrow Joni and Gunnar finally move into their brand new home!!! (Pictures and details will be uploaded soon!)

Joni, Gunnar, and their entire family are so thankful to the many, many generous people who kindly donated goods, funds and prayers during this difficult time. Without you, none of this would have been possible. You are all amazing!
A sad story with a happy ending
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Update 9
22 months ago
Thank you all for your continued support!

Demolition of the old structure is finally complete. Joni and Gunnar are living in an RV on the property and have recently gotten connected to electricity. They will have access to cable and water shortly. They are very comfortable but this living situation is temporary. They are hoping to make it warmly and safely through the winter, but we are a long way from a permanent home. There were many unexpected costs during demolition, so funding a new permanent structure is still out of reach for Joni and Gunnar.

The best news is that Toby the cat, thought to have perished in the fire, turned up alive and well a few days ago!! What a cause for celebration!!
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Update 8
23 months ago
Gunnar has been nominated by the Red Cross for a Hometown Hero Award. What a fitting honor for our favorite life-saving pooch!
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Update 7
24 months ago
Today, thanks to an amazingly generous donation of $2500.00 from an anonymous dog lover, we exceeded our online fundraising goal by over a thousand dollars! I never expected we'd even actually MEET our goal, let alone beat it. Thank you all so much for your support. And to our very special anonymous donor, who matched $2500 worth of donations with $2500 of their own - may your life be richly blessed as you have blessed ours. We are grateful to you beyond words!! Thank you!
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Joni Evans
13 months ago

Thankful for the love and support from you all. Still in shock only this is a great shock! Thank-you all#nolongerhomeless #blessed

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Joni Evans
23 months ago

Gunnar's been nominated for a hero award. Thanks Red Cross he is a hero

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Thanks to all you amazing people and dog lovers!!

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Thanks so much!!! Our world is kind and beautiful place. Glad to be sharing it with such awesome people

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Bless you all

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Thank you. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude!!!

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Heather Weeks
24 months ago

All of you are amazing and generous and wonderfully fantastic people!! May God continue to bless you, as you have blessed Joni with your help!! - deeply moved family member

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$6,565 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 25 months
Created July 2, 2014
Cari Weeks Enticknap  
  Emergencies   FORKS, WA
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Monica Munger
23 months ago

From my parents~my mom was touched by the story and wanted to help, my dad used to be a firefighter and has been to many a house fire.

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23 months ago
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Monica Munger
24 months ago
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Joni Evans
13 months ago

Thankful for the love and support from you all. Still in shock only this is a great shock! Thank-you all#nolongerhomeless #blessed

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Joni Evans
23 months ago

Gunnar's been nominated for a hero award. Thanks Red Cross he is a hero

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Thanks to all you amazing people and dog lovers!!

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Thanks so much!!! Our world is kind and beautiful place. Glad to be sharing it with such awesome people

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Bless you all

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Joni Evans
24 months ago

Thank you. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude!!!

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Heather Weeks
24 months ago

All of you are amazing and generous and wonderfully fantastic people!! May God continue to bless you, as you have blessed Joni with your help!! - deeply moved family member

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