Thursday, January 24, 2019

Update from the Paradise California Wildfire Fundraiser

Hope Lives On in Paradise and Magalia - Without all of you, 
this precious moment would never have happened!

Meet Gary & Frieda... the cutest couple ever... who lost literally
everything in the fire and are now living in a small trailer.

Thank you all for your support over the holidays!   Because of your generosity, we had the privilege of providing much needed supplies and Christmas gifts to 7 different families, most of whom have lost all of their possessions and their homes in the fires in November that devastated the towns of Paradise and Magalia.

We have been fortunate to get to know and adore these folks, and we wish you could have all been there to see the tears, the smiles, the excitement and the hugs as they opened almost one hundred gifts, including a new walker for our new friend, Gary, supplies to stock trailers and new apartments, shoes, clothing, food, blankets, cleaning supplies and more!

One of our biggest surprises was for a young boy named Chance, who has a rare medical condition that leaves him mostly homebound. His family home burned, yet he expressed gratitude that his family was safe and together. Chance has a GIANT heart and has been through a lot in his life, and we all wanted to do something special for him. Chance had a huge matchbox collection that was destroyed in the fire, so we contacted friends in the toy business (thank you John, Mitch, and Dave!) who came through in a big way and donated some VERY rare matchbox cars for him to start his collection anew. And, thanks to all of you, we purchased dozens of cars for him to play with every day!

At Dream of a Better World, we may not raise TONS of money, but whatever we get to do, there seems to be a special uniqueness to our projects. We think it’s because every bit comes from the heart. And it all starts with you, our donors who have trusted us through the years and have enabled us all to make the world just a little bit better. 

Thank you so much and we all hope you are having a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,  Carly, Jack, Hannah, Max, Natalie
and all of us at Dream of a Better World
P.S. We had the honor of passing out a lot of much appreciated gifts this Christmas... this blanket from the video above is one example captured on someones phone.  It's precious... just like our new friends all are!