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Everything Lost in a House Fire

$5,320 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 125 people in 6 months
Created August 9, 2017
Randy, Gene, and Xavian lost everything in a house fire - after allegedly being threatened by their neighbors.

Randy has a filed a civil rights lawsuit against 9 residents of Blaine County, Oklahoma.  His attorneys are aware of this fundraiser.

Randy says, "We could never have imagined the hate & bigotry we found in rural Oklahoma. I chose to save our 3 dogs over possessions because they were family. They may have taken our life possessions but we still have our FAMILY. We want to thank the family & friends we have yet to meet for their love & sharing. Our son says he knows now that not everyone hates."

Prior to the fire, Gamel alleges he was accosted by one of the town's trustees at a 2016 town board meeting.  This occurred just one month after he moved to Hitchcock, OK.

About his son, Gamel-Medler told NBC News, “…a town trustee had seen him in the yard and asked if he was our son. She said to me, 'What are you going to do when your house burns down and we don't send out the firetrucks?'"

The father also recalled an incident a few weeks before the fire, when a man named in the lawsuit allegedly attempted to enter his car. When he locked the door, the man shook his truck and said, "You f-----g queer, I’m going to grab your little boy, rip his n----r head off and sh-t down his throat."

A fire later burned his family's home to the ground, and no criminal action has been taken.  Rick Edsall, mayor of Hitchcock and Tony Almaguer, sheriff of Blaine County are named in the lawsuit.

Everything was lost in the fire. This family is starting over. The lawsuit will be costly, and their son starts his new school in a few weeks.

The family needs us!

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We asked Randy to share some family photos with us & we're thrilled to show them to you! The fundraiser to help the family has reached over 50% of its goal. Will you ask your friends to give $5?
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Our fundraiser to help this family has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Cheryl, Carey and Jacki.
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Thank you for your attention to this fundraiser. Randy is grateful for the work we've done so far.

I relate to his story because I grew up in a rural Southeast Iowa town - with about 250 people - and I know what it’s like to feel isolated. But I’d like to believe the people of Conesville would organize a fish fry fundraiser to help this family - if the tragedy happened in their community. GoFundMe may not be as fun - but it’s effective!

We've raised over $4,500 in 8 days - from 103 people. I think we can do more - please give as little as you can.

We hope you have a great weekend,

Jeff, Mark, & Chloe
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$5,320 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 125 people in 6 months
Created August 9, 2017
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