Motorhome Donated to Family Left Homeless After Wildfire

Woody Faircloth delivering an RV. Source: Denver Post

As Woody Faircloth climbs aboard his soon to be ex-motorhome, he grabs the last of the snacks, drapes, and toiletries before hitting the road.

Faircloth and his 9-year-old daughter, Luna to a family who recently lost their home in what has turned out to be one of the worst California wildfire seasons on record. In the distance, smoke billows over an orange sky as firefighters ferociously battle the second-largest wildfire in California history.

Driving for just under an hour, the Faircloth’s deliver the 35-foot (11-meter) RV to its new owner — a volunteer firefighter who lost his home in August. Today’s delivery is special for Faircloth because this is the 95th mobile home that Faircloth has delivered to wildfire victims.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, he leads the nonprofit EmergencyRV.org that assists families in the aftermath of fires with temporary mobile homes.

He said, “We’re grassroots; we can move a lot faster than that. It’s people helping people. … We can get there almost immediately.”

The nonprofit began the week of Thanksgiving in 2018. Inspired by a news story of a man fleeing a wildfire in an RV, Faircloth thought RVs could help families in instances where their home was destroyed.

Despite never owning a mobile home before, he recalled looking at his daughter Luna, 6-years-old at the time, and remarking, “Why don’t we get an RV and drive it out there and give it to a family that lost their home? What do you think about that?”

Her reply: “Aw, Dad, God and Santa Claus are gonna be proud of us.”

“That kinda sealed the deal,” Faircloth said.

Purchasing a mobile home for $2,500, that moment of inspiration has since launched a ministry that now has helped more than 68 families and first responders.

As social media posts the news of what he was doing, donors started offering Faircloth their RVs and even offered to conduct the deliveries to the families themselves.

Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, Faircloth has had to restructure the small nonprofit to keep up with the growing scale of families he’s helping. 

During the last two months, Faircloth spent more than 20-hours making deliveries from his home in Denver to rural Northern California, where the more than 1,500-square-mile (3,898-square-kilometer) Dixie Fire has destroyed 1,329 homes and businesses.

Despite the challenges, Faircloth said seeing the relief on families faces makes the enterprise well worth it.

Source: Denver Post