Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

 I am a follower of Carol Marine and he fabulous artwork. Sadly Carol and her family have lost their home to the fires near Bastrop, Texas. Clicking on the link above will give you the story.

I have an artist friend, Sharon Leonard,  that lives in the Steiner Ranch area. After a long Labor Day weekend Sharon writes...
"We are now back in our home in Steiner Ranch and everything is in tact. As we were driving out of the community on Sunday, we could see the flames shooting so high at the rim of the canyon, and the air was heavy with black smoke from the burning homes.........extremely surreal. Fire trucks were lined up on the side of the road for a couple of miles with the fire fighters waiting their turns to help. And, of course, we knew from all reports the damage was severe. As we drove back into the community today, the sky was bright blue, booths were set up at the Welcome Center offering free food to all of the returning residents and there was very little smoke coming from the burned area. We could see streams of water being sprayed into the canyon to control the hot spots, and yet there was so much green space (much of it brown space because of the drought) that was untouched by the fire; it further emphasized the amazing job these fire fighters accomplished when they contained this fire. If they hadn't been so quick to respond and their efforts hadn't been so relentless, the fire would have swallowed up so much more of our community..........keep in mind, there was a shortage of fire fighters at that time. The law enforcement department was incredible, too, for evacuating this community in time and in an organized manner. Again, I thank all of my FB family and friends for so many prayers offered for our safety and the safety of all of the residents here. There is still much work remaining for the fire fighters in Bastrop and throughout the state of TX. My prayer is for God to bless each and every one of you always."

Please keep the families of this devastated area in Texas in your thoughts and prayers.  You can call your local Red Cross to make donations.


Gaylynn

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