The recent Camp Fire wildfire that raged through the town of Paradise, California in November impacted several RVW members living in Paradise and the surrounding area.
The FreeWheelers Chapter quickly stepped up to help their members. Two women raffled off a handmade ukulele and donated the $520 proceeds while other members also generously donated money. When RVW members attending the Shawnee convention heard about the disaster, they quickly collected $800 at the banquet. By the end of the month, the chapter had collected $7,300 that they distributed to their affected members.Anyone who would like to still donate can write a check made out to RVW FreeWheelers and mail it to Sally Johnson, 4401 Walnut Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Please write Camp Fire in the memo line. The chapter will make sure it continues to go to those members who need it.
In a message to the chapter, Lee and Natalie said, “We both want to thank the FreeWheelers so much for thinking of us. It’s really rough up here; there are so many who have lost so much. We feel so blessed to have our FW family in addition to our family and friends here.”
While the two women had to miss the recent FreeWheelers rally in Plymouth, they said they are looking forward to Casa in February and seeing everyone again.
It has been a rough year for the FreeWheelers. Just one year ago, Sonoma County suffered a series of fires destroying many homes and businesses. Many FreeWheelers living there were evacuated and found refuge with other FreeWheelers who opened their homes to them. Fortunately, their homes were spared.