David and Katie's Fire Relief Fund

Organized by: David Lionsheart

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EVENT DATE Aug 12, 2014

THE STORY:

  We never would have imagined that our dream of moving into the mountains to carve out a life closer to the land would end in everything we held dear being turned a pile of ash. My partner Katie and I recently left everything we knew, consolidated our belongings to just the essentials, and packed up a truck to move into the beautiful mountains of the Klamath River National Forest. We settled into an off the grid lifestyle, finding comfort and fulfillment in an existence closer to nature. We planted a garden, built a stone fire ring, and really began to turn our RV in the mountains into a cozy little home for us and our dog Venice.
  On July 30th we had thunderstorms come through, with 100 lightning touchdowns starting 26 fires in Siskiyou county, with the closest being the Beaver Creek fire 15 miles away as the crow flies. To date the fire has moved over 15 miles, consuming over 32,000 acres, and occupying 1,500 fire fighters. We worked frantically beside close friends and family to try and save not only our home, but the homes and livelihoods of all those around us. We spent every waking hour falling hundreds of trees and clearing brush on adjacent ridge lines and near our and our neighbors homes to try and hold back the fire. We worked until we saw the fire break the ridge line, ran to our vehicles, I picked up Katie who was just beginning to gather the most precious belongings, and we flew down the dirt roads toward the bottom of the mountain, I had no time to grab anything, I mean, what do you grab when the fires racing towards you. We were met head on by a fire chief, who informed us we were lucky to make it out with our lives. We really had faith that we would be back in our little home before long. We had 3 engines and even a crew of volunteers fighting to save our property through the night, but at some point they had to leave to protect their lives. We told each other it would all be there when we returned, after all, "miracles happen everyday".
  When we were able to return, fires were still sizzling and smoking. We hills leading up to our home that used to be filled with trees and brush looks like burnt hillsides riddled with smoldering skeletons of trees; our hope dwindled. As we walked up to our home place, we saw nothing where our rv once stood, just a pile of ash inside a metal frame. Our home, storage unit filled with camping gear, tools, a library of books, professional camera equipment, a computer with every photo I have ever taken, Katie’s wardrobe, family heirlooms, and archery gear was left only hints of where things sat as they burned. My beloved minivan whose life went from shutting my brothers and sisters, to moving me across country, traveling through forests and deserts, making the pilgrimage to burning man, and even providing me a place to sleep on a few occasions, now stands as just a shell, after exploding into the air. Our cozy RV home we had become so accustomed to was nothing but frame with metal stairs leading to a pile of ash. We begin to look around and see if there was anything to salvage, burnt up odds and ends, melted metal and glass items left little reminders of what we once had.
  We never would have imagined that our dream of moving into the mountains to carve out a life closer to the land would end in everything we held dear being turned a pile of ash. My partner Katie and I recently left everything we knew, consolidated our belongings to just the essentials, and packed up a truck to move into the beautiful mountains of the Klamath River National Forest. We settled into an off the grid lifestyle, finding comfort and fulfillment in an existence closer to nature. We planted a garden, built a stone fire ring, and really began to turn our RV in the mountains into a cozy little home for us and our dog Venice.
  On July 30th we had thunderstorms come through, with 100 lightning touchdowns starting 26 fires in Siskiyou county, with the closest being the Beaver Creek fire 15 miles away as the crow flies. To date the fire has moved over 15 miles, consuming over 32,000 acres, and occupying 1,500 fire fighters. We worked frantically beside close friends and family to try and save not only our home, but the homes and livelihoods of all those around us. We spent every waking hour falling hundreds of trees and clearing brush on adjacent ridge lines and near our and our neighbors homes to try and hold back the fire. We worked until we saw the fire break the ridge line, ran to our vehicles, I picked up Katie who was just beginning to gather the most precious belongings, and we flew down the dirt roads toward the bottom of the mountain, I had no time to grab anything, I mean, what do you grab when the fires racing towards you? We were met head on by a fire chief, who informed us we were lucky to make it out with our lives. We really had faith that we would be back in our little home before long. We had 3 engines and even a crew of volunteers fighting to save our property through the night, but at some point they had to leave to protect their lives. We told each other it would all be there when we returned, after all, "miracles happen everyday".
  When we were able to return, fires were still sizzling and smoking. The hills leading up to our home that used to be filled with trees and brush looks like burnt hillsides riddled with smoldering skeletons of trees; our hope dwindled. As we walked up to our home place, we saw nothing where our rv once stood, just a pile of ash inside a metal frame. Our storage unit filled with camping gear, tools, a library of books, professional camera equipment, a computer with every photo I have ever taken, our wardrobes, family heirlooms, and archery gear left only hints of where things sat as they burned. My beloved minivan whose life went from shuttling my brothers and sisters, to moving me across country, traveling through forests and deserts, making the pilgrimage to burning man, and even providing me a place to sleep on a few occasions, now stands as just a shell, after exploding into the air. Our cozy RV home we had become so accustomed to was nothing but frame with metal stairs leading to a pile of ash. We begin to look around and see if there was anything to salvage, burnt up odds and ends, melted metal and glass items left little reminders of what we once had.
  This has been an emotional rollercoaster, we have cried, and we have laughed, sometimes one right into the other. We have realized material possessions are replaceable, and are trying to embrace the opportunity for a fresh start. As we’ve began to go shop for underwear and clothes we find ourselves nearly paralyzed by the idea of all we lost. I live by the motto of “give when you can, take when you need.” Donations from friends and family have began to smooth the rough edges that surround this tragic experience. Any and all donations are humbly appreciated and will go towards trying to rebuild a life for our little family. We have come to appreciate the smallest things through this tragedy; a fresh pair of clothes, shower supplies, a foam pad for a bed have already shined some light in our lives. I’ve never been a person to receive handouts from others, and even when I don't have much I seek to give all I can to those in need, but I guess this is my time to learn humbleness and ask for help in trying to rebuild from the ashes we have been left with. We feel every thought and prayer from all of those close and near who have rallied to look over us through this ordeal and we are so truly thankful to have each and every one of you beautiful souls in our lives. We cannot thank you enough. God Bless.

$1,825

 

37% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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  • Leggett Family

    $50

  • Hall Family

    $20

  • Lauren Waldinger

    $30

  • Luke Holden

    $25

  • Sunny gilmartin

    $125

  • Brandy Gilmartin

    $75

  • Sebastian Praseutsack

    $100

  • Cindy Hunting

    $40

  • Addison Masters

    $35

  • Sonnichsen Family

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Rick Waldinger

    $10

  • Liz Ekanger

    $20

  • Dave, Bonnie & David Young

    $30

  • Brenna Tourigny

    $100

  • The Bechman Family

    $20

  • Terry and Barb Doling

    $100

  • Carly Martin

    $100

  • Adrianna & Abdul Mohamed

    $40

  • Jim and Mary Jo Dressen

    $100

  • carson

    $50

  • Hertsche

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Crystal Pirritano

    $50

  • Mike & Anne Apodaca

    $100

  • Hewitt Family

    $25

  • Kelly McAlister

    $25

  • Lynette and Ethan Wagner

    $50

  • Cindy & Rich Sepanic

    $50

  • Sara Cullinan

    $25

  • Carolyn & David Fischman

    $100

  • Laura Johnson

    $25

  • The Walker Family

    $30

  • Katherine Ceja

    $30

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Organized by

David Lionsheart

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Katherine Ceja

Katherine Ceja

DONATION: $30

Guys, keep it up!! Stages that take us everywhere are the best medicine to build strength. Be happy you've gotten each, you're in a piece and becoming more solid. 5 years ago

The Walker Family

The Walker Family

DONATION: $30

Your Family are great friends of ours. I hope you are able to get back on your feet soon! 5 years ago

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson

DONATION: $25

I teach at Jensen with your dad. Wishing you the best! 5 years ago

Carolyn & David Fischman

Carolyn & David Fischman

DONATION: $100

Hang in their sweetie! 5 years ago

Sara Cullinan

Sara Cullinan

DONATION: $25

So sorry for what you are going through. I know your dad through teaching in Urbandale. He is such a good man with heart and compassion for everyone. I've never met you but I have faith that he raised a son with the same values, strength, and character as him. May God comfort you in this time and give you peace. 5 years ago

Cindy & Rich Sepanic

Cindy & Rich Sepanic

DONATION: $50

Prayers & better luck to you. 5 years ago

Lynette and Ethan Wagner

Lynette and Ethan Wagner

DONATION: $50

Hope every little bit helps David! 5 years ago

Kelly McAlister

Kelly McAlister

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Hewitt Family

Hewitt Family

DONATION: $25

5 years ago

Mike & Anne Apodaca

Mike & Anne Apodaca

DONATION: $100

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger Katie- We are praying for blessings to be bestowed upon you and David through this difficult time. Lot's of Love :) 5 years ago

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