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The Cronin Family Fire Relief

$25,489 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 166 people in 8 months
Created November 11, 2018
On November 8, 2018, my brother Jim, his wife Monte, and 6 year old son, Sawyer lost everything in the devastating Camp Fire that devoured their beloved town of Paradise, CA.  This early morning fire was the fastest and most destructive wildfire in California History.   Jim and family with their dog, Samba escaped with hardly anything but the clothes they were wearing.  They are now faced with the reality that everything is gone.  The house, the car, their clothes, Jim’s business office, Sawyer’s toys, Monte's cherished keepsakes… every physical memory of their lives went up in flames.
 
The town of Paradise is also gone and so Jim and Monte are forced to rebuild their lives elsewhere. They have been living in a one-room motor lodge since Thursday.   There is no housing or lodging available for 50 miles in any direction.   
 
First and foremost, we are so grateful for their safety.  Asking for help does not come easy to this family.  It’s a vulnerable place to be.  But what they will be facing in the coming months will be overwhelming.   They are grateful for your love and support lifting them up through this difficult time.   

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Dear Family and Friends -
First of all, thank you. Thank you all SO much.
These past 13 days have been exhausting.
But the news is good.
Thanks to your help we have been able to afford to pay our bills, buy clothes/toys/food, and most importantly secure comfortable housing.
Housing here in Northern CA is nearly impossible to find. With so many displaced families due to the Carr Fire in August, and now the Camp Fire, there are so few miracles. When something new comes on the market, you have to jump immediately and you have to have cash for the deposit, fees, and first & last month's rent.
Although insurance will eventually cover these expenses, without the cash on hand, you have no chance.
On Saturday we secured a great home outside of Red Bluff, CA (Monte's home town - about an hour north of the fire). The weight this has lifted off our shoulders is immense. We can finally breathe, relax, and slow down to assess the situation and decide what to do with the rest of our lives.
All my understanding of the words love, family, community, friends, concern, and generosity have grown so much over the last many days. There is abundant positivity, not only in my family, but among the community of survivors that our lives will be whole again. The way all of you have wrapped your arms around us with your support, kindness, love, and true concern has made this difficult situation so much easier to face.
Thank you for the happiest Thanksgiving of our lives.
With Love,
Jim, Monte and Sawyer
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$25,489 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 166 people in 8 months
Created November 11, 2018
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