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Help rebuild their nest post-fire

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Raised by 214 people in 5 months
Created September 8, 2018
We're raising money for Dustin and Janna and their three daughters who lost everything to a fire early this morning. Just as they are planning for their family union (wedding) in November, just as their invites came in the mail yesterday, just as their lovely daughters were excited about their bright family future, everything was taken away today. Though most can be replaced, they are suffering the loss of their precious 9-year old pup, Sadie, who died protecting the house to the last minute and their cat, Lulu. If you can not donate, please share or consider donating clothing/household items! Clothing sizes for their daughters: Sizes juniors small, size 1 or 2 pants, and juniors small, size 6 pants. As they lost everything, household items are also appreciated. They will ultimately need to be shipped. Once housing is sorted, I will be updating this with an Amazon wish list in case you wish to buy them their wedding presents early to help them rebuild their home. Questions? Please email, xahndra at gmail dot com, for details on how to get donations of clothing or household items to the family.
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I was able to spend time with Janna during Dreamforce and this week for Salesforce.org BootCamp. So, this is my perspective update for Janna, with her permission.

While we were together this week, Janna and our team somberly acknowledged the one month "anniversary" of the house-fire. That was tough.

This week, Janna finally received an estimate for the rebuild of the home but has numerous unanswered questions as a result. Janna shared her stress about having to go back into her home this weekend to go through each stinky, smokey room to document and inventory everything . Further, the difference of what insurance will pay and the amount what replacing items will cost is mentally weighing Janna down. Knowledge i power and in this circumstance , Janna has little knowledge.

It's hard for Janna to eat, sleep or socialize. All of her energy is spent on trying to focus on her new role at Salesforce.org and rebuilding her home. It's hard for Janna to talk about her experience but it is also hard for her to be around people who are not aware of her experience. She's grateful for the moral support, prayers and thoughtful gestures. These things are seeing her through.

Pictured here, Janna is organizing some donations to take to her "in-between" home. This is one of many generous human acts that have blessed Janna over the last month. Janna feels guilty that she hasn't been able to send handwritten thank you notes to everyone that has supported her and her family. So, this is me thanking you on Janna's behalf. I know your gifts have been humbly given without any ask in return. But, please know that while it may take a long time, Janna will one day be able to thank each of you personally for your support. Over and over she has shared how grateful that she is for this GoFundMe.

Also pictured here are a few photographs from our journey over the past week.

In other news, Dustin and Janna's wedding is on schedule Thanksgiving week! Soon we will be launching a wedding registry with items needed to help them refurnish there home. I will publish this list as soon as it is possible.

Thanks again for all your support.
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Update from Janna: We continue to be overwhelmed by all the love and support from everyone. The calls, texts, and emails mean so much to us. I am diligently working to get back to everyone who has reached out, but I am still delayed in my responses.

We are all trying to get back to "normal" around here - working, school, etc. It isn't an easy trail to navigate, but we are doing our best. We are working diligently to find counselors for all of us.

We are thrilled to have a rental property on Saturday that is close to our home. This will keep the girls in their schools, allows us to check on the house as it is rebuilt and I can go by and talk to Sadie and Lulu.

The insurance company is working to evaluate the damage and the words total loss do sting. We are grateful for all of the treasures we could save. In time, it will get easier. I believe that. The funds from this Go Fund Me page will be used to help us rebuild and upgrade our siding, so all of us feel safer when we go back home. We appreciate all of the support. We are working to obtain what we need for our rental.

On a high note - my wedding dress was cleaned! It smells WAY better and the veil, too. The invites are scorched and smelly, but that seems appropriate.

Much love to all and more to come, as things continue to progress.
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Update from Janna: I am still in awe of all of the outpouring of support for my family after last week's tragedy. We are working on our inventory for our "total loss" claim, and it's hard. I can't believe the amount of stuff the girls (and us) had acquired. There were five lives in that house (14 if you count all of our critters). I always stock piled for the apocalypse and being without paper towels was not OK.

We believe we have secured a house which will be available on 9/29 for us to move in. I will figure out how to sleep on that red-eye coming back from Dreamforce! I know that many are asking what they can do to help and when it comes to the move, I will try to wrap my head around it and ask for those who are local to donate their time to help us clean the rental, line kitchen cabinets, etc. There will be a LOT to do... of course, we'll need to get some stuff too.

We are still grieving the loss of our furbabies, it really doesn't seem to get easier, but the ohana is strong and we appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers that are coming our way.

The dust is settling, we need to find some normalcy and continue to make a plan to rebuild for the kids. They are going to need some help to get through and we are finding recommendations. Thank you all again and again for everything. Today has been a struggle, but we will push through and I will try to be more upbeat in my next update. Xoxo
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Today, Salesforce rounded up 10 volunteers to help Janna recover any salvageable memories from her home in advance Hurricane Florence. The fear right now is that any photos or memories that may have survived would never be recovered in time before the hurricane might destroy the home further. Janna was so grateful for the 10 extra pairs of hands. They helped recover quite a bit. Not much of it is truly worth anything, except to Janna and her family. To them, it's all irreplaceable treasures.... Thank you, Salesforce. #SalesforceOhana
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Raised by 214 people in 5 months
Created September 8, 2018
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