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Thomas Fire Recovery project

$5,900 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 2 months
Created December 12, 2017
My brother Dustin Rogers and his family lost their family home in the Thomas fire in CA.  They are in need of replacing items for their children and Dustin's woodworking tools that were used to supplement income. He made home made pens and Harry Potter wands.  His wife, Amanda can't work and homeschools the children. Josiah 15 and Naomi 13.  There is no way of telling  what the cost of losing everything is but we believe that $8000 would help replace some of the items and help Dustin start working again.  The community along with local churches have helped with immediate needs. However, Dustin and Amanda have a long way to go in restoring their lives.  Any amount will help go towards them rebuilding. We need this as soon as possible for Dustin needs to start his woodworking to help bring income in. I live in Indiana and would like to help them by starting this due to limited internet access for them and in hopes to help my brother restart his work. (pictured below)This has been especially difficult due to the upcoming holidays.  All monies raised will go directly to help Dustin with his woodworking tools and to help replace some of the children's collections. May God Bless each and everyone reading this. If you can not donate, leave a comment of prayer not only for this family but to all that have been affected by this fire.
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To update, the family keeps moving towards rebuilding their lives and have continued daily activities. Their son got his braces off, Amanda has found joy in adult coloring and shared this with both children, Dustin still continues being a strong, loving husband, father and friend to those in need around him. Please share, donate, or send words of love, faith and encouragement as we are only just over $2000 from reaching the goal to help Dustin rebuild his workshop, get wood working tools and continue to use his talent making wonderful things made of wood. Some of these donations will go towards the children to replace much needed school supplies that were lost, damaged or couldn't be gotten from the home before the family was told that it was a total loss. Please help this family! God Bless each and everyone of you that have already shared, donated or sent messages.
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A post from Amanda's Facebook a couple days ago...... :

"Spent the day looking for a place to rent. It’s not good folks."

The family is still doing day to day, looking to rebuilding the future. Please share this, we are so close to our goal!
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Something I thought would be touching to all who have supported this family through this tough time. This woman inspires me each day!


Because The Fires Came
By Amanda Rogers

December calendar planning, Black Friday sales, Christmas music,
And then the fires came.
Tree decorating, lights adorned rooftops, Christmas pageant rehearsals,
All lost because the fires came.
Orange glow, putrid smoke, ash blankets all,
Because the fires came.
Brave responders, evacuation orders, Thomas map updates,
Because the fires came.
Blackouts, water hoses on rooftops, neighbors making a stand together,
Because the fires came.
Pets crated, families scrambled to shelter, all watched the orange horizon,
Because the fires came.
Displaced, disheveled, yet bonded together,
Because the fires came.
Donations overload, commUNITY arises, relief centers are birthed,
Because the fires came.
Ojai Strong becomes our anthem,
Because the fires came.
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How do you put your arms around a house and say goodbye? We received the official word from the County, house is a complete loss. We made one last visit.
Saying goodbye to her family home ......
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$5,900 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 2 months
Created December 12, 2017
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