It seems that for the most part we only hear bad news. The good news apparently doesn't sell but the bad news does. Well, whether it sells or not here comes some good news.
Recreational vehicles are a great way to tour the country, see the sights, and experience the many nuances of vistas, towns, and people along the way. But thanks to a dedicated father/daughter team (treading on the border of inspiration) they've become a lifeline for people who've lost their homes to California's latest spate of devasting wildfires.
The brainchild of Woody Faircloth, the nonprofit "Emergency RV. org" pairs folks who are willing to donate their campers to a worthy cause with those in need. To date, Faircloth often with his 9 year old daughter, Luna (along for the ride), has delivered 95 motor homes to California area wildfire victims who otherwise might wait months for emergency housing.
Faircloth first got the idea for the charity in 2018. Like many that year the Colorado based father was tuned to the news coverage of California's deadly "Camp Fire" which incinerated 153, 336 acres destroying hundreds of homes during Thanksgiving Week.
The story of a man who'd lost pretty much everything but managed to escape the inferno in his mobile home resonated with Faircloth. Inspired by how blessed that man felt just to have a place to spend Thanksgiving, Faircloth asked Luna what she thought about finding an RV and delivering it to a family so they could have a place to call home for Christmas. His daughter loved the idea and so the idea turned to action out of compation for others.
Fairchloth launched a GoFundMe campaign to finance the first RV that he and his daughter dropped off in California. As word of their journey spread, people started reaching out to him via social media offering to donate their motor homes, and from there, EmergencyRV soon took shape.
Over the course of two months Faircloth and Luna have made the 40 hour roundtrip from Denver to California and back three seperate weekends. Many of the mobile home recipients are firefighters and other first responders whose tireless efforts battling the blazes did not prevent thier own homes from going up in flames.
One such man is George Wolley, who lost his own home to the Dixie fire on August 4th. "We fought the fire until we couldn't fight it no more. We couldn't stop it. We did our best. " Wolley relayed this story to the Associated Press. "Before I got the RV, I felt like I was a burden on everybody that helped me... I slept in tents, my car.... the RV gave me a place to go."
While his organization continues to grow and evolve, the orginal sentiments behind Faircloth's humanitarian efforts remain constant. He's grateful for the many blessings he has and blessed to be in a position to help others.
There are so many stories of people helping others from random acts of kindness to larger efforts, global efforts, that bring attention to the connection we all have with each other. It's important to realize how many of us are blessed to live the life we live. Sometimes when our community needs our help we are there to lend a hand to lift others out of the circumstance they find themselves in and thus create a bond that makes where we live so much better.
Steven P. Pody wrote:
"Who can tell? Who can tell?
Like ripples in a pond,
how far a pebble of good intent
impacts the world beyond?"
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