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RVers Lose Everything in Christmas Day RV Fire

$14,170 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 375 people in 25 days
Created December 26, 2018
EO
Eric Odom
on behalf of Michael Reeves
This is a story that none of us want to live or experience ourselves. One that not long ago began with a couple embracing the excitement and joy of buying an RV in preparation for a full time RV lifestyle. 

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As we all know... life can take wild turns without warning. 

On Christmas Day (2018) Mike and Becky Reeves from LivingTheDashRV.com  were preparing their Christmas Day dinner when tragedy suddenly struck. Water and hot cooking oil accidentally combined and no more than five minutes later their home and all belongings were gone. 



Becky, who has MS, had inhaled significant smoke and was in shock. Mike was watching in disbelief . They are from Alaska so have no family in Arizona. They do not have a tow vehicle so had no form of transportation. Mike's wallet (credit cards, cash, identification) was lost in the fire so they have no access to financial resources. 

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The RV Nomads team went into action and did everything we could to help. John and Brenda Nejedlo of GEOAstroRV.com escorted them to the hospital and booked them for a week at a hotel. Tony and Melissa Flammia from HippieandTheTech.com made them a meal and provided a care package. Andrew and Rikki Pullen from 'Pullen On The Road' also provided a care package and several other RVers donated clothes, a dog bed and some toiletries.

On the morning of December 26th, 2018, more RVers in the Phoenix area began to rally support for the Reeves. 

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It quickly became apparent, however, that more help would be needed. While our team was able to get them through the following day, their situation is still rather dire. They have started the insurance claims process but this is a long drawn out scenario with a destroyed home located way out in BLM land in the desert west of Phoenix. This was their home. This was their lives. And right now they are essentially homeless in the Phoenix area. 

More RVers are pitching in with rides, clothes and supplies. The response has been incredible. And according to the Reeves the support has been life changing. 

In addition to the support flowing in now, however, some cash is needed to help the Reeves sort all of this out and get back on the road. A move which, even after this tragic situation, they are eager to make. This is not going to deter them from RV life. It does, though, make it all significantly more difficult with all things considered. 

The Reeves were ready to enjoy an amazing Christmas Day boondocking as full time RVers and it all collapsed in a matter of moments. The RV community, we believe, can help turn things around for them. 

We're hoping you can pitch in during this time of need.

PLEASE NOTE: Funds will be directly withdrawn by Mike and Becky Reeves.
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Update 2
Posted by Michael Reeves
24 days ago
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We could not be any more greatful for the fast response and kindness that has been given to us, when could never truely express our gratitude to every one who has reached out to us in our time of need, it is extremely hard for me to present with hat in hand and accept help, though we are most humbled by this experience it is my belief that RVers are family! And that has been forever cemented and bonded to this family of RVers thank you so much for everything, we would have had a tougher road to travel with out the support of this amazing family. Becky and I will in a few days be able to take pause and in a video give you all our greatest appreciation and acknowledge all who reached out to us, as there are so many of you whom have helped and responded, I don't ever wish to see anything like this happen to any one , but we have been given a chance in life to be able to respond in kind should this ever happened to any one else. I have a new family and it will be a mission to hug each of you as our journey intersects with you, some of you I will be seeking out to meet, Christmas has a new meaning to us, it is no longer a corporate Christmas holiday, it is now about all of us and our well being! I have to especially thank for the personal response and involvement, John and Brenda, Eric, Steven and Rosa Gravitt and the tribe as I am still foggy from the overwhelming experience too remember every one there that day, I know hippie and the tech, pulling the road were there sorry if I didn't mention you off hand, but you are all in our hearts and the girls how sweet of them to leave us hand written notes when we arrived at the hotel. Bless you all, we will be able to take pause while everything gets sorted out soon and plan to continue our journey this spring adding you all too our DASH!
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Update 1
Posted by Eric Odom
24 days ago
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THANK YOU!!! We smashed the goal for Mike and Becca in just 15 hours! This community is so incredible and we are amazed at how quickly everyone here rallied to support the Reeves. We are in regular communication with the Reeves and will provide an update tomorrow. We're going to leave the campaign on until January 1st, 2019. Thank you again and stay tuned!
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Raised by 375 people in 25 days
Created December 26, 2018
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Eric Odom
on behalf of Michael Reeves
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