AFR Women's Cooperative Comes to the Rescue for Harper County Family Fallen Victim to WildfiresMon, 10 Jul 2017 15:55:54 CDT
The AFR Women's Cooperative has started an on-line registry at Amazon to collect items for a young family who lost everything in the early March wildfires.
Caitlin Phibbs was resting peacefully under doctor's orders on March 6, unaware of the wildfires headed in her direction. She was 8 months pregnant confined to bedrest. Her fiancÚ, Jacob Vandorn, is a member of the Selman and Woodward fire departments, and he was fighting fire miles away.
"I was in a 6 by 6 (fire truck) when they said the fire jumped Highway 34 north of Woodward," Jacob said. "My gut just sank as I knew it was headed towards our house and knew I couldn't get there in time."
Their house was 16 miles north of Woodward. The key word here is "was."
Fortunately Caitlin was able to escape uninjured from the fire. Today she is cuddling her recently born son, Wade, as she stands with Jacob and their other son, Wyatt, 2 years old. They lost everything in the fire and are faced with starting over.
The young farm and ranching family didn't exactly lose everything. They still have their family, but now must accumulate the various accruements that accompany everyday life.
"As a woman and a mother, I thought about the people who lost their houses and wanted to do something for them," Pam Livingston, AFR Women's Cooperative NW Representative, said. "We want this to be an old fashioned housewarming using a new technology."
They need everything from pots and pans to towels, typically the same things a newlywed couple would need to start a new life together.
"We like to give back to our state and demonstrate enduring kindness and compassion," Livingston said.
To help the couple, click here and follow the link. Or contact Megan Albright, Adult Education Coordinator for more information at 405-218-5416. You can also read more about this couple in the summer issue of AFR Today.
Source - American Farmers and Ranchers
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