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Fire Relief Fund

$2,493 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 18 months
Created June 29, 2017
Cassandra Allaire
on behalf of Christina Lee

On Wednesday June 28th  i learned the true meaning of lucky to be alive.... we have been staying in lakewood in and old rv- no power or water. cre took one of the dogs on a long walk this morning and i went back to sleep with little dog. we had candles lit. as usual. except for THIS morning i woke up to a loud popping and crackling sound. one of the candles burned down and lit the rv on fire between where little dog and i were sleeping and the door to get out. at first i thought i could maybe save everything because there were TWO fire extinguishers outside the door so i ran through the fire to get to them only to find that neither one worked. and little dog didnt follow. by the time i realized it was too bad for me to control i looked up and only saw flames and smoke. but little dog was still in there. and i ran through the flames and found her in the farthest corner under pillows shaking. i couldnt even see her through the smoke, i just felt her. they arent exaggerating when they use the term "roaring fire"- the sound of the flames consuming everything was deafening. i wrapped my arms as tightly around her as i could and ran back through the fire that had completely engulfed the rest of the rv. when i hit the ground outside, i thought for a minute that i was on fire, but quickly realized that my back was just burned, not BURNING. i tried one final time to get a fire extinguisher from the cleaners on the corner, but realized that it was too far gone. little dog was flipping out and i had to catch her (it only took a few seconds for her to run to me and jump into my arms). i hugged her tight and as we sat there on the driveway, something exploded. people were already standing around the street staring at the flames that had completely engulfed the rv. they were almost as high as the treetops. and the firetrucks pulled in. i had only been awake for about ten minutes- TOPS. THAT is how quickly the fire took everything. everything except for me and little dog. we have had an incredibly hard year and have lost so much already. almost every belonging we had left was in that rv. but thank GOD that i woke up in time to get out and thank GOD that i made it back in and back out with my little girl.... losing her was NOT an option and i went through the flames to save her. despite all that has been lost, i am EXTREMELY lucky to be alive today. btw- my back wasnt burned too badly, its tender, but not blistered. i had a small blister on my hand, but nothing too bad. i got checked out in an ambulance, but everything seemed ok, so i declined a trip to grady to check my lungs. sometimes its hard to remember, but every day that we wake up is a blessing- try to remind yourself of that often and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you every chance you get, because you never know what the next day will bring. Now we (Mike aka Creashun, me, and our two dogs Masi and Little) are left without anywhere to go and all of our personal belongings- clothes, shoes, books, dog toys, music equipment, records, art and supplies, sentimental items, and everyday necessities- are gone. My little honda is on its last leg and too small for all of us to fit in to sleep anyways. We recieved a little help from the red cross, but only enough to get a room for two nights, so tomorrow morning we will all four be stuck on the street with nowhere to go. Please help us rebuild our lives and get into a new home.

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Update 15
Posted by Cassandra Allaire
16 months ago
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The house is really coming along. We have been working our fingers to the bone. I can't wait until we have it finished, but it already feels like home. We still don't have a shower or a kitchen- both of which I'm dying without. It's been a little bit of a struggle being able to afford the things we need to fix the place up and we are still in need of many household items and building materials for the house.
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Update 14
Posted by Cassandra Allaire
17 months ago
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So we found a place to move into finally. A good friend of ours hooked us up with someone who owns a house in lakewood that has been empty for some time now and is willing to let us live there and fix it up at first and then for discounted rent later on. It does, however, need A LOT of work. People have vandalized it and the weather/nature has done a number on it as well. You can definitely tell that at one point someone really loved this house and the yard. The backyard is fenced in, wich is one of the most important things because the dogs really need a place to run around. All of that being said, we are really going to need some help and donations to get this place to a point where we can live in it. There is no power and no water at the moment. Someone ripped out SOME (not all) of the electrical wiring as well as a small portion of the plumbing (i think). Both of those things are definitely things we will need help with. Almost all of the windows and doors are broken and will need to be replaced. The kitchen is completely gutted, but we do happen to have some friends with matching refrigerator, stove and dishwasher that they are donating to us. We will need a sink and cabinets, though. Part of the roof needs a little work. We will definitely need to do something about bugs or other creepy crawlies. There is a lot of cosmetic work to be done as well and the yard is really overgrown. Its going to take a lot of work, but i can see the potential in this house. I know we can make it beautiful again, and with a little help it can definitely be livable soon. Anyone who wants to help us out please message me and i can let you know where it is and we can talk details. Thanks to everyone!
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Update 13
Posted by Cassandra Allaire
17 months ago
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So we woke up this morning to marshalls at the door with the lady who owns the house. We haveto be out of here in 24 hours- even though we have given her money for utilities and done work that SHE ASKED US TO DO on the house. She has been so back and forth on whether or not we could stay here and the last time we talked she said we had until the 15th and possibly longer. I know what she is doing is wrong, but we just dont have it in us to fight her on this. I wish we had never come here and worked on the place or spent any money on this place. Now we are left with nowhere to go and we have to be there in 24 hours. I wish none of this had ever happened.
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Update 12
Posted by Cassandra Allaire
17 months ago
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As of the 10th we will no longer have a place to live. The woman who owns the house is going to be renting it to a really nice couple with three kids, and while we could make her give us 60 days notice and go through all of that bs (because we have put a lot of money and time and work into this house only to end up with nowhere to go and no money to get there), we dont want to be that way because its more than just us at stake here. It really sucks, and somehow we always get the short end of the stick, but its really not anyones problem but our own. Been trying to hold back tears all morning, though, because i just wish we could have our home back.... Or have any home at all really... Out of options and out of time it seems.
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$2,493 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 50 people in 18 months
Created June 29, 2017
Cassandra Allaire
on behalf of Christina Lee
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