BENEFITING: HAYFORK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
The small rural community of Hayfork in Northern California is fighting against massive wild fires. The Fork Complex which consists of 40 fires, one of the highest priority fires in the nation, has burned 40,000 acres and is only 7% contained. The efforts to fight these fires rely heavily on Forest Service support and by local volunteer fire departments. The conditions are grueling, the country is rugged and smokey skies have put a halt to air support, all efforts are made from the ground.These local departments and community members need resources to continue fighting for their homes.
Hayfork is my hometown; the tiny community of 2,000 people and where my family still resides. This community is isolated in the rugged country and is economically challenged. Community members are losing their homes, their livestock, everything. Some have lost their homes as they have fought to save their neighbor's. Others have lost what took them decades to build from scratch in an off the grid community. It is devastating to see friends and members of the community losing everything with few options to rebuild their lives.
One community member lost his home he has been building for 47 years just as he was returning home from a chemo therapy appointment in nearby town. He arrived in time to rush into the burning building to rescue his dog Sadie and his wife’s medication. He, his wife and Sadie are left with nothing. Other community members who are in safer areas are opening up their homes to those who have been evacuated and fire fighters offering food and shelter.
The donations will go directly to the Hayfork Volunteer Fire Department where the funds will be distributed for: food, water, clean clothing, air masks and other resources to support this community.
Your kindness and generosity will mean the world of difference to town that is fighting for survival.