Hi friends, I know I haven't posted much lately, but life's been weird, and just got weirder. Short version: Our house burned to the ground last night in the #RiverFire that swept through our area, and everything is gone.
We're safe, our pets are safe, we grabbed most of our family photos and sentimental belongings, but it's a shock.
I snapped this pic as we were evacuating yesterday. It's incredible how much can change in 18 hours.
How can you help?
People are asking, and we know we'll need help, but we're not sure exactly what yet. In the meantime, there are a few ways to donate to help us cover our immediate needs. As a reminder, my business was run out of our home, so that's gone too. Heading into Q4, when I make about 75% of my year's sales, this is going to be a huge hit for us long term.
Donate directly via Venmo (@lizz_porter; last 4 of the phone 9915) or Paypal.me/lizzporter.
There's a GoFundMe set up here.
We have a running Amazon wishlist here
Shop on Amazon through my affiliate link: Shop here
You can buy a Pew Pew Lasercraft Gift Card and hold onto it until we're up and running again.
If you have a laser, you can buy files from my shop, Pew Pew Supply. Pew Pew Lasercraft is closed until further notice.
Even just reading my posts here and sharing the content is a huge help. I make money through my ad revenue, so every set of eyeballs on my pages is a help.
How are we doing?
You know what? We're OK. We're together, we're overwhelmed already by the support and the messages. The worst is behind us. We won't spend the next day or two wondering, we already know what happened, so we can start the process of rebuilding, moving forward and healing. It could be worse.
I'll try to keep this post updated as I have information, and other ways to help our community at large. (As we understand it, of the 15 or so houses on our street, about half of them are gone.)
Thank you, we love you
I've been talking to reporters all day. I'll add links here as I find them.
True crime shout out in this SF Gate article.
A reporter, Melanie, came by with a camera crew and chatted with me and then went and shot some footage at the house. (As of this writing, we haven't been back yet) Find the video here