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    Sierra’s post:
    “Our neighborhood is gone. We were right on the Butte Creek canyon with a view so pffft. Clothes on our backs, bag of meds, iphone and ipad. We abandoned the car, and then were picked up by two different drivers. Took 4 hours to go 18 miles on the one open road. I’m fine with the house gone but oh I weep for my Martha, who hid, and we could not find her.

    The video of us heading down the mountain to Chico does not want to load. I was able to load it in skype.

    Fire 18,000 acres now. Apparently the entire town is burning. How the fire got from the Pentz side canyon on the east side to the Butte Canyon on the west (Paradise is on a ridge between the teo canyons) is a mystery to me. The video shows where both fires on both sides closed in on Skyway, down to the curb. It got hot there.

    It was SO good to finally drop below the tree line, out of the darkness and into the fresh air.

    Our sweet sweet realtor called us, picked us up, and took us to her parents house. We have a private room, bath, and we’re with the kindest people.

    I am so grateful.

    All our family members, and friends made it out. Just Martha.”



    You are in our thoughts, Sierra, David, & Pippin
    Rest in Peace, Martha


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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    Paula, thank you so much, and I'm bumping this immediately.

    Thousands have suffered, and there are some heartbreaking stories. But Sierra is one of our own.

    She has nothing. It's all gone. Please help her.


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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone when we are uncool." From the movie "Almost Famous""l "Let yourself stand cool and composed before a million universes." Walt Whitman

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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    For anyone reading this who's unaware of what's happened, there are a couple of dozen posts on the Here and Now...What's Happening thread, starting with Paul's post #51377, here. Please do read.

    Some of the images are apocalyptic, horrific, and heart-rending. It's been like a war. (There's very professional 24/7 livestream coverage here, from Action News, a local TV station. One or two of the reporters are only just holding it together. Some of their own staff have lost their homes, and they're still going.)

    Sierra and her husband only just made it out, with the clothes on their backs and one of their two beloved cats. Sierra believes their other cat, Martha, probably perished trying to hide in a kitchen cupboard.

    She posted a video here, taken from the truck as they were fleeing. It's actually daytime, but the sky is as black as night.

    As is now being reported, 5 people died in their cars trying to get out. The small town of Paradise, which was largely a retirement community, is gone.

    Her house is almost certainly destroyed. She now has nothing. Please be as generous as you can.
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    I can only imagine what Sierra and her family are going through at their stage of life. I understand it's a hard time of year with winter coming (i.e. heating bills) and the holidays. No amount is too small.

    My seven year old son and I lost about 90% of everything in an apartment fire. It was a week before I began my last semester of college. Being a single mom, apartment insurance didn't fit into the teeny-tiny budget. (college loan)

    I was grateful for the food bank at the local church that provided a couple of bags of groceries. Still to this day that gesture brings tears to my eyes.

    Your gift is delivered with great big wings. It's the healing and love behind it that keeps on giving even years later.

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    I'm terribly sorry for your loss, Sierra. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose your home.

    I don't have any money to donate, kind of strapped right now, but if you ever just want someone to talk to or send you cute/funny videos, let me know.

    I'm glad almost all your family made it out safely.

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    Sierra, I really hope you and your family are all well, and that you are able to find confort in the people arround you, I am at a loss for words but know you are in my thoughts.

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    I cant afford to donate but I did.
    No amount too small
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    A charity to help African Children become self sufficient. :attention:

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    The thing for me that is so frustrating is that I ACTUALLY WANT TO PHYSICALLY BE THERE and help.

    Dear Sierra, and family.

    Blinking flip.

    Really sending love right now, xx
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    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    I can only imagine what Sierra and her family are going through at their stage of life. I understand it's a hard time of year with winter coming (i.e. heating bills) and the holidays. No amount is too small.

    My four year old son and I lost about 90% of everything in an apartment fire. It was a week before I began my last semester of college. Being a single mother, apartment insurance didn't fit into the teeny-tiny budget.

    I was grateful for the local church that provided a couple of bags of groceries. Still to this day that gesture brings tears to my eyes.

    Your gift is delivered with great big wings. It's the healing and love behind it that keeps on giving even years later.

    Having had a home burn to the ground, I want to emphasize what Paula is saying above about the gift that gives years later. I remember, 49 years later a kind teacher who bought and wrapped a pair of pajamas as a gift after my home burned all those years ago. Her name is Mrs. Doolittle. It was a kindness I never forgot. To this day.

    Edit: If only 20,000 people gave just one dollar. Wouldn't that be something great?
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    There's no possible way the cat made it out alive?? (please have faith)

    Donation sent. I was hearing about this tragedy on the radio today at lunch. My heart goes out to everyone who endured this.

    Dave - Toronto
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    Thank you all We have already raised $1055.00 in just a couple of hours!

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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    For anyone reading this who's unaware of what's happened, there are a couple of dozen posts on the Here and Now...What's Happening thread, starting with Paul's post #51377, here. Please do read.

    Some of the images are apocalyptic, horrific, and heart-rending. It's been like a war. (There's very professional 24/7 livestream coverage here, from Action News, a local TV station. One or two of the reporters are only just holding it together. Some of their own staff have lost their homes, and they're still going.)

    Sierra and her husband only just made it out, with the clothes on their backs and one of their two beloved cats. Sierra believes their other cat, Martha, probably perished trying to hide in a kitchen cupboard.

    She posted a video here, taken from the truck as they were fleeing. It's actually daytime, but the sky is as black as night.

    As is now being reported, 5 people died in their cars trying to get out. The small town of Paradise, which was largely a retirement community, is gone.

    Her house is almost certainly destroyed. She now has nothing. Please be as generous as you can.
    Wow....I just checked out the video clips above. I cannot imagine losing everything like that. I really hope they find the cat.

    C'mon folks...dig deep!!

    Dave - Toronto

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    Quote Posted by Valerie Villars (here)
    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    I can only imagine what Sierra and her family are going through at their stage of life. I understand it's a hard time of year with winter coming (i.e. heating bills) and the holidays. No amount is too small.

    My four year old son and I lost about 90% of everything in an apartment fire. It was a week before I began my last semester of college. Being a single mother, apartment insurance didn't fit into the teeny-tiny budget.

    I was grateful for the local church that provided a couple of bags of groceries. Still to this day that gesture brings tears to my eyes.

    Your gift is delivered with great big wings. It's the healing and love behind it that keeps on giving even years later.

    Having had a home burn to the ground, I want to emphasize what Paula is saying above about the gift that gives years later. I remember, 49 years later a kind teacher who bought and wrapped a pair of pajamas as a gift after my home burned all those years ago. Her name is Mrs. Doolittle. It was a kindness I never forgot. To this day.

    Edit: If only 20,000 people gave just one dollar. Wouldn't that be something great?
    or 1,000 gave 20$, we are more than 1,000 here on Avalon or one of the eternal onlookers who can give 20$ aren't we?

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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    Paula, thank you so much, and I'm bumping this immediately.

    Thousands have suffered, and there are some heartbreaking stories. But Sierra is one of our own.

    She has nothing. It's all gone. Please help her.

    Post it on your facebook too people, you may have generous friends, who knows

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    I just contributed wish I could give more. That is just devastating.

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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    I can only imagine the terror Sierra and others evacuating the area must have felt, along with the profound loss. This is truly a situation where folks are forced to over again, while still trying to absorb the impact. I just hope Sierra and everybody else caught in these fires has time and resources to push pause for awhile and at some point start rebuilding. A very kind gesture to start this fundraiser. Thanks for doing this!

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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    Just donated. So sorry for Sierra and everyone who lost everything in this disaster. So sorry about Martha the cat. Had to have our 15 year old cat put to sleep earlier in the week, and can still hear him yelling at the door.

    Take care everyone.
    CW 😢

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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    Just donated a small amount. Would encourage everyone reading this to please do the same. Even if only $1 or $2.

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    Default Re: Avalon Family Member, Sierra lost everything - Go-Fund-Me

    Sierra,

    I don't think any of us can imagine what you just went through, or what you and your community are facing. Even the fire itself isn't over yet, and ash is raining down. You must be in shock.

    I'm just so glad that you made it out, made it to safety. Sending big love and a little cash.

    -Dennis


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