Westporters have long migrated to California — and vice versa. Nearly everyone here has close ties to at least one person in the Golden State.
It’s no surprise many area residents have been impacted by Southern California’s devastating wildfires. Here’s one story.
Becca Fuchs is a 1995 Staples High School graduate. She lives in Ojai, and evacuated just before the Thomas Fire swept through.
She had no warning, beyond a glow in the distance. But the fire quickly lit up the entire sky. Within half an hour, it threw cinders on her roof. Becca and her partner Don Lee grabbed their 18-month-old daughter Birdie, their cats, and drove south.
The fire soon took everything they owned.
Becca, Don and Birdie are safe. But they now face the daunting task of rebuilding their lives.
Becca’s brother Justin and his wife have set up a GoFundMe page.
The most immediate need is money. Amazon and Target gift cards are also great ways for them to buy supplies they need.
“We know it’s Christmastime and money is tight,” Justin wrote. “But any sort of gesture is cherished. Our family is in need of a Christmas miracle.❤️”
(Click here for Becca’s GoFundMe page. Hat tip: Megan Restieri Slingo)