Help the Luddens Rebuild

$9,205 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 22 months
My name is Christy Nixon. Andrea Ludden and I have been best friends since our freshman year at The University of Texas. I currently live in Austin, TX, and I'm trying to help out from far away.

My dear friend, Andrea, her father, Rolf, her brother, Alex, and Pancho, their dachshund lost their home in the fires that swept through Gatlinburg, TN on Monday, Nov. 28. Everyone is safe, but their entire home was lost. Andrea hoped they would be able to find at least a few buried items in the devastation, but the house doesn't even have a floor - they can see straight through to the basement. The fire left absolutely nothing.

The family's primary source of income is their jewelry making business, Earth and Sky Jewelry.  While they were able to save a few pieces of jewelry, most of their inventory was destroyed.

Andrea dedicates herself to helping others in her community through the local Rotary club. She told me that she is usually the one helping, she's not used to asking for help.

The family does have insurance, but they are doubtful it will cover everything they need to rebuild their lives. There is also no guarantee of when the insurance funds will become available. They have immediate concerns, like a rental house and basic food and clothing. They will also have long term needs, like rebuilding their house and replacing all their basic household items.

Andrea is already taking steps to bring her community together in the tragedy. Despite her loss, she is already thinking of others, using her connections to start a community outreach program.

The family is in immediate need of financial assistance for rebuilding and replacing their lives. They will probably still be rebuilding for a few years. Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Christy
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I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Some of you I have known for years, some for a few weeks and some of you I have never met. Thank you for being there for me and my family. It is still hard to understand, accept and plan but the clock still ticks, the pages of the calendar still flips and 2017 is just around the corner. You all have given us so much love and support and I will always be grateful and in your debt. Thank you for having such beautiful open hearts. May 2017 be a blessed year for us all.
The first day of seeing our house
Our "new" hearth
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The first day of seeing our house
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So today a friend of mine from the Tennessee Electric Cooperative magazine came to the area to see first hand what has happened and what is being done. I took her to meet the amazing David Gray who is coordinating the Depot which then distributes to Boyd's Bear/Rotary Relief Center all items and donated goods. It's an amazing endeavor which none of us has ever had to do! But shear love and determination is making this happen! We are so blessed.
The red is the fire
The Depot organizing and sending out
Robin Conover & David Gray at the Depot
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$9,205 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 22 months
Created December 2, 2016
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$150
Tom T
20 months ago

On behalf of all of us at Saltandpeppershakers.Co. We wish you the best in rebuilding!

$100
Anonymous
20 months ago
$25
Anonymous
21 months ago
$60
Dave Cooper
21 months ago

#voicesofGBurg

$200
Anonymous
21 months ago
$25
Sarah Kern
21 months ago

Merry Christmas :)

DM
$100
D M
21 months ago

Un abrazo enorme. Los quiero.

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