RVs are a great way to get around the country and see the sights, but thanks to the efforts of a dedicated father and daughter team, they have also become a lifesaver for people who lost their homes due to the latest series of devastating California wildfires. .
The creation of Woody Faircloth, the nonprofit organization EmergencyRV.org unites people who are willing to donate their campers to a worthy cause with those in need.
To date, Faircloth, often with her 9-year-old daughter Luna, has delivered 95 mobile homes to California-area wildfire victims who would otherwise wait months for emergency housing. (The organization currently has 100 families on its waiting list.)
Faircloth first got the idea for the charity in 2018. Like many that year, Colorado’s dad was tuned in to news coverage of the deadly California Camp Fire that incinerated 153,336 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes during Thanksgiving week. thanks.
The story of a man who had lost almost everything but managed to escape hell in his mobile home resounded in Faircloth.
Inspired by how blessed that man felt just to have a place to spend the holidays, he asked Luna what she thought about finding an RV and giving it to a family so they could have a place to call home for Christmas.
“We were looking at some of what’s going on and talking about what if it was us and what we would do,” Faircloth said. Denver 7 at the time. “And I told (my daughter) what the idea was and she agreed 100 percent. She said, ‘God and Santa Claus would be very proud of us for this.’
Faircloth launched a GoFundMe campaign to fund the first motorhome he and Luna delivered in California.
As word of his trip spread, people began reaching out to him via social media, offering to donate their RVs, and from there, EmergencyRV soon took shape.
Faircloth, a father of four who works in the telecommunications industry, says that while juggling the many facets of his life has its challenges, he plans to expand EmergencyRV’s reach to include more fires and other natural disaster sites and hopes to improve. also response times. .
Over the past two months, Faircloth and Luna have made the 40-hour round trip from Denver to California and back on three separate weekends.
Many of the mobile home recipients are firefighters and other first responders whose tireless efforts to fight the flames did not prevent their own homes from catching fire.
One such man is George Wolley, who lost his own home to the Dixie Fire on August 4.
“We fought the fire until we couldn’t fight it anymore. We couldn’t stop it. We did our best, ”Wolley told the Associated Press. “Before I got that motorhome, I felt like I was a burden on everyone who helped me… I slept a lot in tents and in my car. It gave me a place to go. “
While his organization continues to grow and evolve, the original sentiments behind Faircloth’s humanitarian efforts remain constant. He is grateful for the many blessings he has and is blessed to be able to help others.
“Currently I collapsed in the back of an old motor home next to this little boy with no front teeth who picks me up and moves me every day determined to do better than yesterday,” Faircloth wrote in a Publication 2018 when Luna was 6 years old.
“We are so lucky to be exhausted. We are very lucky to be able to return home soon. There are so many thanks for saying that it hasn’t been said to everyone yet, thank you. “
And we are lucky to have a world with people like Woody and Luna Faircloth.
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