Alice and Alan planned to retire into the mountains near their long-time residence. After selling their house in town, they began construction on their dream house on the piece of property they purchased. A handy man by his own right, Alan did a lot of the work himself. Understanding the dangers of living in the forest during times of extreme drought, they searched for a company willing to insure them on four separate occasions, but came up short. They could not find insurance on their property because it was not a finished house. One day, the unthinkable happened! A fast-moving, crowning forest fire crested the ridge of the mountains by their home, and they had no time to gather many of their belongings on the property. Alan locked most of them in a metal shed he had outside, hoping that even if the house burned, the metal structure would be safe. They fled the property, watching whole trees burn behind them.
Surprisingly, a tractor, a welder, three shovels, some rakes, a sledgehammer, a sawzall, and a metal swing survived. Even more randomly were the two plastic chairs and a straw hat remaining after the blaze was out.
Despite losing their life savings and a lifetime of dreams and hard work, Alan wants to rebuild. He has not abandoned his dream to retire on that property. The couple has joined a law suit that does not seem to be making headway. They are exploring the possibility of suing the utility company because the fire was started by a tree falling on a power line. It was the responsibility of the utility company to ensure a proper easement clear of trees from power lines.
Alan is now looking for work once again, after retiring. They have purchased a new solar-electronics package. With the help of myself and other friends, Alan has constructed a shed on the property where he can store building supplies and belongings so they don’t get wet.
There is a lot left to Alan’s to-do list with this property. There is a giant mound of concrete left behind (the fire burned the bags of the cement, and then it rained, and it dried, and now the 2 palates of cement have hardened there). They need to put up new insulation and skin on their home, as well as metal shingles. They lost their windows and doors in the shed, so now they need to purchase new ones.
If you would like to donate to help Alice and Alan rebuild, you have several options:
1) Send donations to our PAYPAL (jessicaraephotos *AT* hot mail *dot* com) and note that it is going toward Alice and Alan. 100% of all donated moneys goes directly to Alice and Alan.
Everyone who donates will be automatically entered to win one of several non-serialized / autographed prints by Jessica Rae Photography as offered in this album.
2) Purchase a print from our store, and 20% to 30% of the money will go to benefit Alice and Alan, depending on the piece. (You will notice I just raised the prices in my store slightly in order to get them more money.)
Why only 20%-30%? Jessica Rae Photography is not a non profit organization, and therefore has a limit to how much it can help others. This is an option for those who want to be guaranteed a print as something to show for their donation. Feel free to make a donation if you would rather do it that way. Feel free to explore both options if you want.