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Mulford relocation fund

$13,160 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 3 months
Created November 9, 2018
Mulford/Wells friends and family
on behalf of Aja Mulford
Hey folks. Our good friends Aja and Ryan lost their house in the fires in Paradise, CA. We are starting up this fund to help them get through the rough patch of relocating and purchase new clothes and  household items and whatever else they will need until they can get settled in. Anything is appreciated. If you are not in a place to help, you can share this post and give it a signal boost.

GoFundMe asked to put the following info so Ryan and Aja can quickly access their funds. I am Devon Devereaux, an old friend from Portland. I currently live in San Diego. Kate Nishi Lyons and I put this campaign together on behalf of the Mulfords so they can quickly get back on their feet after losing almost all of their belongings. All money raised will go directly to Ryan and Aja to regroup, secure housing, replace clothing, household items, etc. A small percentage of each transaction (2.9%) goes to the Gofundme platform. 
Thanks!
Devon Devereaux
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Aja here-

I just want to extend again a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated to our campaign. I just wanted to give a bit of an update:

We are still living in our trailer on my uncle's property. On Wednesday of last week, we found our cat, Warhol, at a shelter in Chico. He was found on our street 10 days after the fire, with some singed whiskers and a burned toe, but otherwise in perfect shape. When I picked him up from the shelter, he looked quite a bit fatter than when I left him, so I am happy to report he's been taken well care of.

On a sad note, our beloved dog Banjo had to be put down the next day on Thursday. While jumping into the trailer he somehow broke his back, and was left permantly paralyzed in his back legs, with limited movement in his front legs. After discussing quality of life with our vet we made the decision to put him down. He died lovingly in our arms and we will miss him. It has been quite a rollercoaster.

All things considered though, we are doing well. While the healing process will take a long time, maybe years, we are on our way.

While we havn't reached our financial goal of 20k, I want to let you all know that we are going to be okay. This money raised has covered all our gaps during this difficult time and we feel as whole as we are going to be for a while. We do not need more funding, so thank you everyone who has helped us.

All of you have given us so much, but if you are looking to pay any more kindness forward, our dear friend George has recently fallen on difficult times. A veteran and loving father and husband, he has suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver and is currently battling the VA to keep his benefits. As a kindness to me, if you could just share his story with others I would be infinitely grateful. Here is his link: https://www.gofundme.com/leonfamilyfund?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgntopstickysmall_r&fbclid=IwAR3z3iUXm__-wjTdJS54_wuuyGPo7VspiV9V1jOXHFBMHg7Ia30h-hfdMTA

Again, I just want to thank all of you so much for supporting us. I will continue to update here as time goes by. Your love and support is felt deeply. We will do all we can to put our generosity out into the universe.

xoxoxo Aja
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Merry Christmas folks! Everyone has done an outstanding job of helping Ryan, Aja and Hudson in the aftermath of the Camp Fire. Please continue to share this page and give if you can during the holidays. You all made a huge dent in the recovery fund. Please continue to share the love.
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This is Aja again...

It's been a little over two weeks since everything happened. We still have no idea when they will allow us back into town to look at the damage. Not only are search and rescue teams still recovering bodies, but officials estimated that there is over 100 miles of road that still need to be cleared of downed powerlines to make the town bare-minimum accessible. We spoke to an EPA official who said that they also need to basically clean and dispose of all the hazardous waste and soil in the town, a task they estimate to take 4-9 months "the first time", then a second sweep must occur. For those who hope to return to living in the town, it is expected to not be livable for a minimum of 16 months, as all systems (power, water, septic etc) must also be completely replaced. We however, have no desire to try to return to the town. After living though what we did, and watching everything we knew be destroyed, all I want to do is look, maybe sift around the soil a bit, and then never come back.

Thankfully, CalFire has been great about providing drone images and photos of the town so it helps to quell our curiosity. The photo is my house from drone footage. As you can see, our neighbor's house looks perfect, not a hint of damage, and then the rest of the neighborhood is toast. If I zoom out a bit, directly behind my house stands a lush field of green grass and an untouched building directly next to a blackened, bombed out lot. Surreal.

I want to say again how thankful I am for everyone who has donated. I do not know what we would do without your support. FEMA has been incredibly ineffectual, and with no renters insurance, we would have had zero safety net or means to begin rebuilding our life. So thank you so much for helping us. With your help I was able to buy a computer so I could return to work (I work remote and am responsible for my own equipment) and we have been able to get our essentials like clothing and medicine again. There are currently NO places for rent in Chico and price gouging is rampant. We looked into buying a house but all homes were going for all cash offers. We need to stay living here for my husbands job (for now) so we will continue to live in the trailer on a lot and save money to eventually be able to take the next step in life, whatever that may be.

Thank you for everything again. More updates to come.
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Friends-

We have been absolutely floored with your kindness and generosity. Because of you, we know we are going to be okay.

Attached is a photo of our new home! Because of extreme housing conditions, we are going to probably live here for a year or longer. We are currently clearing a space for it to be parked behind my uncle's house. It is pretty small, but I've decided to start looking at pinterest ideas for fixing up a trailer, and maybe once things settle down I can paint the inside and make it into a cute little spot.

I can't believe it has both "only been" and "already been" a week since everything happened. As I type this, one week ago I was fleeing the fire in pitch darkness. Grief comes and goes in waves, but we are also excited to start a new chapter of our lives where we only spend money on essential, meaningful items, and try to get a little more clarity of what is important in life.

Thank you all again for everything. We love and appreciate it so much.
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$13,160 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 3 months
Created November 9, 2018
Mulford/Wells friends and family
on behalf of Aja Mulford
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