MacDonnell Family Fire

$11,824 of $14,000 goal

Raised by 127 people in 6 months
Created December 5, 2017
Today my my sister Heidi Hambrecht & Her Husband Jesse MacDonnell & their two sons Isaac 13 and Eli 7 lost everything in a house fire. We are blessed that everyone is safe and sound except their kitty Lucy, who is still MIA.
The community outreach and support has been amazing in the face of such a tragedy. Many people have asked what they can do to help so I am setting up this account. There is a long road ahead of them replacing all appliances, furniture, electronics the list goes on. There will be many things we can't replace like items from Jeni and Ian and of course pictures, kids art work. Thankfully everyone is alive and safe and being held tightly in the arms of our amazing community. We are blessed to be part of Bar Harbor, MDI and downeast Maine. Thank you to the fire fighters who worked for hours to get the fire out. Thank you in advance for your support and Love for the MacDonnell Family.
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From bad comes good.... A week and 2 days ago Heidi, Jesse, Wayne and I watched as our as local fire departments fought very hard to save their house and belongings without enough water, at first. The kids were at school and no one was home. Thank God and Goddess everyone was safe. We watched as strangers, our banker, a fellow coach, a childhood friend, contractors, and many more donned fire gear and ran into a burning building, the home of the MacDonnell Family, a home we roamed as children when the Creamers lived there. We were watching it go up in flames and absolutely helpless to do anything. It was so scary and unfathomable in the moment. Mister Rogers always said when things look scary and the situation is really bad, like in any disaster "Look for the helpers"!! They are always there and they are the first on the scene. They let you know it will be alright, some how, some way. Within moments of the house catching fire the helpers were showing up. Someone called in the fire to The fire department. One neighbor Wayne called Heidi to alert her of the fire and offered his home to us as well as comfort to my sister and Jesse. Other neighbors offered coats and comfort. In that moment I was unsure how to start to organize all the offers of help that began almost immediately, from people near and far. So I got on line and made this go fund me in the midst of the mayhem. I did not get the chance to check it in those first several days. Our Mom would call and read off the people and the amounts. The results of this account has gone far beyond any of our imaginings. The touching reasons why people donated. The shared experience of being in a fire. Our family and friends and strangers. It has been truly amazing. The amount of pure LOVE, CARING AND GENUINE CONCERN that we have experienced in the past 9 days has surpassed anything I knew existed. The kindness y'all have shown my Sister Heidi, Brother in law Jesse and my two sweet nephews Isaac and Eli is above and beyond, awe inspiring, heart melting, soul changing, moving beyond words. It has taken me a few days to sit and create this message because honestly I do not have the correct words to express the debt of gratitude owed to ALL OF YOU!!! I have changed the amount on the go fund me because we have received some very generous private donations as well as a few other fund raisers that are being held over the next little while. There will be a 5K on January 7 put on by Britt. As well as several smaller church things benefits. We will keep you updated. If you are in the spirit of giving and want to help out another wonderful person in need here is a link:

https://www.gofundme.com/ap46s-michaels-cancer-treatment.
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Raised by 127 people in 6 months
Created December 5, 2017
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