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Donation Website for Fire-Displaced Family

A family of four that was displaced when their home caught fire on 8th Street a week ago has set up a website on gofundme.com to receive donations to help them while the home is repaired and made ready to be occupied again.

A family of four who were displaced from their home on 8th Street when it caught fire on March 21 are accepting donations through a crowdfunding website to help them recover from the loss.

The Baker family lost their family pets – a dog and a cat – in the blaze at 1338 8th St., which forced the closure of the street for several hours.

The father, Ross Baker, set up the "Baker Family Fire Recovery Fund" on gofundme.com.

A message he posted Tuesday says:

The Baker Family effectively lost their home this week due to a fire.  While the human part of the family survived, their pets did not.  There are major repairs needed to the home before they can move back in, clearly this will take some time.  This fund is to help them rebuild their family spirit, and get them through the temporary housing crisis they are now in with some creature comforts until they can return to the comfort and safety of their family home.  This site is for those who can donate either a little or a lot~ The warm wishes remain the same no matter the donation amount.  They are a family of four with Mom, Dad,  Gracie(14) and Makana (6).  Below is the link to the article regarding their home tragedy.

By 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 50 people had donated a total of $3,961 in 20 hours, according to the website.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Baker posted a second message saying:

Oh my we have gotten so much warmth and support already. Thank you all for supporting my family. The love is felt 

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Khandrola Dechen March 28, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Go fund me? What about their homeowners insurance? or, how about a home equity loan? http://www.redfin.com/CA/Alameda/1338-8th-St-94501/home/595924
Dana March 28, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Wow so mean hope nothing bad ever happens to you. They aren't asking people to pay to rebulid their house. They probably have insurance but it takes time to pay out. And taking a loan when your house is burned, really? They just need some help with a place to stay for a bit until the insurance can get sorted out and they probably need clothes, dishes, toiletries. Things to survive on until they can be made whole again.
Avrage Guy March 28, 2013 at 07:15 PM
It does seem that people's attitudes toward helping others has softened a bit, but it comes down to people be unemployed, behind in their payments, short on cash, etc. Everyone is asking for money, and at times, it gets frustrating. I think Khandrola is simply a reflection of many people and their situation.
G. Cobre March 28, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Donate to the Red Cross, they are most qualified to help these people and are always available in emergencies such as this.
Annie Flanders March 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM
bummer -- my comment didn't post. i agree with others -- khandrola's comments are mean spirited. it does take a long time for the insurance company's to settle homeowner claims. while temporary housing may be available - it is just that -- usually a hotel rooom. and one has to pay for all their meals. hopefully they have family members who can take them in. IMHO - in this day and age we should be focusing more on taking care of people in our own communities and here in the US instead of sending our dollars to these third world countries that hate us so much and who don't ever appreciate the US for what we do for them. many blessings and kudos for the people who have helped this family to date.
Annie Flanders March 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM
the american red cross can only do so much for families. i value all the wonderfu yearsl i spent as a volunteer disaster person with the alameda red cross and with other local cities. they are a fine group of people.
Nic March 28, 2013 at 11:18 PM
KD, such poor taste. What do you know about these people's financials? And have you ever dealt with insurances in times of urgent need? Are you an expert at supporting a homeless family for weeks, including two kids who have lost everything? You don't have to help, but you didn't have to diss either. I'm glad the community reacted as it did and hope this will lessen the short-term pain. Like Dana, I also hope nothing that bad ever happens to you, or you better be very well prepared.
Alameda Resident March 29, 2013 at 05:43 AM
I don't think a home equity loan is a viable option, but I do wonder why their homeowner's insurance is not covering this and I would be interested in information about who their carrier is. The carrier should make funds for emergency housing available immediately.
Bara Waters March 29, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Just to clarify - this donation website was set up by a group of concerned friends of the family in the Maya Lin PTA where their little boy attends kindergarten, not the family itself. It was set up in response to the various inquiries from people who wanted to help but didn't know how, not to create any sense of obligation. It is completely voluntary - please take it in the spirit in which it was intended without passing judgment on a family who has already suffered a great loss. "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching out and lifting people up." (John Andrew Holmes)
Annie Flanders March 29, 2013 at 08:36 PM
back when the first settlers came to this country people helped each other out in times of need. so, if someone's house burned down -- their neighbors helped them to re-build and provided food and shelter for the displaced family until their house was re-built. they did this because they wanted to and because they also knew that if something similar happened to them -- then their neighbors would be helping them out. IMHO this is a beautiful thing that the school has done for this family. blessings to all the wonderful people there for their caring and generosity.
Denise Shelton March 31, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Unfortunately, the Red Cross was a big disappointment when my friend's house burned down. She had lost hundreds of dollars in medication, her glasses, and her dentures and had to go without these things for weeks until the insurance money was available. The Red Cross offered her several free sessions with a pet bereavement counsellor because her dog died and that was it. Unless you are truly destitute, no resources, no friends, no family, they don't help much if at all.
Annie Flanders March 31, 2013 at 09:48 PM
that's a shane denise -- the years that i worked with them when i lived in alameda -- they were a lot more proactive. unfortunately - -perhaps a sign of our times? blessings to all
Khandrola Dechen April 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM
This isn't hurricane Katrina or the big east coast storm. If they even HAVE insurance it shouldn't take that long to get a check. This is obviously a result of personal negligence on the part of a homeowner whose home is very expensive and should have set reserves to cover such expenses. Call me a meanie. I call you gullible sucker. The idea of fund me was to support artists, teachers, entrepreneurs and real charities,etc. - not people looking to just get a free ride.
Annie Flanders April 09, 2013 at 12:40 AM
hmmmm -- it seems that even though you changed your name from khandrola to khandi you haven't lost your meaness. if you were an adult and knew anything about home owner's insurance you would know that it can take MONTHS for insurance company's to get checks to homeowner's for their losses. the insurance company is just not going to take someone's word that they had x, y, or z items in their house -- they have to show some kind of proof. that means that relatives who took photographs of events in their house might have to come forward with those photographs. i think it would be in your best interest to just NOT post anymore.
Denise Shelton April 09, 2013 at 01:10 AM
The friend I mentioned lost her house in Hayward, not Alameda. She was adequately insured but she had to fight for every cent from State Farm. The adjuster puts the fear of God into you from the get go about proving it wasn't arson, and that there were exclusions, depreciation, etc. She was afraid to spend on clothes, etc. because she wanted to be sure she had enough to rebuild, which they told her she might not. Her church and friends helped out the most and now, 18 months later, she's finally got everything sorted out but it was a nightmare. Unless you've been through it, don't judge.
Annie Flanders April 09, 2013 at 05:47 AM
exactly denise - you've hit the nail on the head accurately. i used to be an insurance adjuster for safeco and it took many months - -sometimes upwards of a year -- to get the homeowner's reimbursed for their loss, the negative individual who keeps posting derogatory commments just needs to be ignored from now on. it's obvious they are clueless as to REALITY.

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