It’s almost beyond comprehension. I haven’t been keeping up with the news and it wasn’t until we stopped to chat with a neighbor on the lake did we hear about the Black Forest Fire.
Isn’t that where Shawn and Rachel just moved?
I sent her a message immediately. Zeb talked to her that night. They had been evacuated but their house was okay, they got their horses out. The next morning I got word that their house was gone. Almost 500 houses have been lost to date.
They had just rented the house and were full of excitement to have the Black Forest in their back yard. It took all their savings and almost a month to make the move. They were able to save their animals but may not be able to keep them. They lost everything: a car, clothes, all their belongings, tools, instruments … gone.
I can’t say I know how they feel. I understand the loss and the shock, the difficulty of grieving in an unfamiliar bed, relying upon friends and strangers, not knowing what was next. But I also had an insurance agent hand me a check while the house was still smoldering to get us re-established. Shawn and Rachel don’t have insurance.
My heart goes out to them and I’m eager to get home so I can help get them back on their feet. Zeb and I can at least help with shoes and clothes, perhaps help rebuild Shawn’s record collection, maybe some tools. Shawn is a woodworker and painter, his tools are his trade. We can give them a place to stay and take care of them they way they have taken care of us.
If you are in the area and want to help, with them or any one of the thousands of displaced and homeless people, please like the Colorado Black Forest Fire Facebook page and get updates.
Look around your house. What do you need? What is simply extra? Do you have a spare room? There are so many things in my home that take up space and get in my way, yet they might be just what someone needs to get back on their feet. Please help, not only Shawn and Rachel, but the thousands of people in need.