I am a victim of the California Wild Fires. I am safe and healthy, but need to fix my place and help others do the same.
I am thankful for waking up the morning of the fire to use the bathroom and, instead of crawling back in bed and ignoring the dogs barking, which is what I was literally about to do, I for some reason decided to look out the window and check what all the noise was about. I pulled back the curtain of my bedroom window and expected to see the sun blaring down on me, but instead, was greeted by a huge, thick, black wall of smoke that was about to swallow not just my home, but the entire hill. It was at this moment I knew it was time to get moving.
I quickly put on some clothes and woke up my friend's son, who was staying at my house. I started going over what I needed to get loaded in my truck. I told my friend,s son to load up the dogs and cats while I loaded up everything I could think of and then ran to get my chainsaws, gas cans, and generator. After all that was in the truck, I hitched my boat to my truck and, last but not least, I left a note for firefighters that my water tank was full with over 3,500 gallons of water and is equipped with a fire house coupling for them to connect their hose to, and I hit the road. Driving out was like being in a movie. Seeing fire all around us and so much smoke combined with sounds of people's propane tanks exploding, it was like I was in a war zone. Making it out without any evacuation warning makes me thankful to be here.
I had been living out of my truck until a kind stranger offered their in-law unit to me to stay in for a while. This allows me to have my six-year-old son stay with me sometimes. My truck's interior was destroyed while helping my neighbors by their nervous dog. The dog literally destroyed the roof interior, pulled out both airbags, and wires that control electrical systems in my truck. I was still living in my truck even after returning home because my house is not currently inhabitable. There was severe water damage from rainwater and several up-right freezers I had that flooded when the power went off. The meat inside of them decomposed, liquefied, covered my floors, then froze at one point. My floors are destroyed and I don't know whether or not there is mold. Yes, my home survived, but it is damaged none-the-less. I am truly blessed to have a home and a vehicle, but I am without a way to fix either obstacle that has presented itself.
It is extremely difficult and hard for me to ask for help, and I feel vulnerable. It is truly humbling, even though my closest friends continually remind me how much I have done to help others in terrible situations, but now being on the other side, needing help, is extremely humbling.
My truck is very important to me as it's the only way I am able to see my son and safely drive him from A to B. Without it, I would no longer be able to see my son. I am completely overwhelmed as the fire destroyed my way of earning an income, and I am doing whatever I can to keep my head above water. I have been denied help from FEMA and literally have no where else to turn.
Any and all help is appreciated if you know anyone that can help with the work on my truck or willing to work with me that is a huge help. As far as my home, my floors are destroyed and until they are ripped out and replaced, the house is hazardous and not inhabitable. It won't take much to do the work to my house, but, like my truck, I lack the money to do these things on my own. I just wanna get back to my life before the fire, and it is next to impossible to do this alone. I feel defeated, and if it wasn't for the people in my life keeping me going, I don't know what I would do.
No expectations. Positive thoughts are great...
If you can spare anything monetarily, it helps too.
If you can help Kc with some funds to put towards his truck repair or the materials for his home clean-up and renovation, you can help by donating to his GoFundMe here. No amount is too great or too small.
VenMo link: https://venmo.com/Kc-Snow
PayPal link: paypal.me/csnow81
Note from editor Jessica Ostrowski:
While going through the Cajun Navy Foundation vetting process, I came across some very wonderful social media posts from and about Kc. Kc is truly a person who would give the shirt off of his back to someone who needed it. He maintains a positive spirit in the most crushing situations. I hope and pray that karma and all the goodness in the universe comes back to Kc in his time of need. I would like to share with you this very humbling and touching story from Kc, which was shared and commented on by KTVU's own Frank Somerville. Kc gave the last $3 to his name to a desperate man out on his luck: