Fired Up Sisters invites wildfire survivors to ‘Come and Get It’
By Karen Brainard
Although it’s been four years since the Witch Fire, Fired Up Sisters is still going strong and will be hosting a truckload event on Saturday, Nov. 5, for families who lost their homes in the wildfire.
The nonprofit organization’s “Come and Get It” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Mountain View Community Church, 1191 Meadowlark Way.
The truckload will include new household goods and building materials for fire survivors.
“Fire Up Sisters are still very active in assisting rebuilds,” said Janice Strizver, a Ramona resident and member of Fired Up Sisters. “We’re actively seeking people who need our help.”
Strizver said the “Come and Get It” event is open to any victims of the Cedar or Witch fires. Proof of loss in the form of a FEMA number or insurance claim number must be presented to receive products. Donations are accepted to cover shipping and administrative costs, but Strizver said a donation is not required if someone cannot afford it.
“We put everything back into our mission,” Strizver said of any donations received.
Resale of the items is prohibited.
Over 500 homes were lost in Ramona in the 2007 wildfire, said Strizver. Of all the homes in the county that have not been rebuilt from that fire, Strizver said the majority are in Ramona. That is why Fired Up Sisters moved its shopping venue to Ramona.
“Every day I’m finding people who didn’t know about us. We see new people each time we have an event,” she said.
Fired Up Sisters has about 200 regular members, of which a core group of 30 is actively involved, said Strizver.
Strizver lost her home off Highland Valley Road in 2007. Although she moved into her rebuilt home in April 2010, she described it as “livable.”
“It looks like a work in progress,” she said.
Strizver has been instrumental in obtaining donated merchandise and building materials from various retail sources by working with Good360, an organization that works with nonprofits to provide corporate product donations.
Fired Up Sisters has received materials and products from such retailers as Home Depot; Bed, Bath and Beyond; West Elm; and Pottery Barn.
Strizver noted that volunteers from In His Steps unload the truck of items and Mountain View Community Church opens its doors for the group’s shopping event.
More information is available at www.FiredUpSisters.org. Emails may be sent to FiredUpSisters@san.rr.com.
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