October 19, 2021 by By Cathy Stack
Parts of California and the western U.S. have been devastated with wildfires as historic droughts have made the flames difficult to fight. Typically, wildfire victims must wait months for emergency housing. This leaves some residents living in tents or their cars while they wait. Woody found a way to urgently provide transitional housing to residents caught in this difficult situation.
"The ongoing wildfires in California have devastated communities," Woody explained. "We want to find them all shelter as soon as possible."
Woody started a Colorado-based, 100% volunteer-run nonprofit organization named EmergencyRV.org to address the crisis. The nonprofit pairs people who are willing to donate their campers with displaced natural disaster victims who have lost their homes and all their worldly possessions. The organization only accepts motorhomes and trailers that are in good working condition. The RVs are refurbished and personally delivered to the new owners, who sometimes live hundreds of miles away. Woody explained that since their organization is grassroots, they can move a lot faster and provide help almost immediately.
The idea originated one day when Woody watched the wildfire destruction that took place in the town of Paradise in northern California in 2018. Tens of thousands of residents were left homeless. As Woody watched the chaos unfold on the news from the comfort of his Colorado home, he wondered what his own family would do in a similar circumstance. He hoped someone would extend a helping hand. That was when he realized that he could become that support for others. He purchased an inexpensive motorhome from Craigslist and hit the road to offer his aid. He has been hitting the road ever since with RVs and his daughter in tow when the need arises.
"My favorite part is helping others," Luna said. "And hanging out with my dad."
On a recent trip, EmergencyRV.org gave away its 96th RV to Carey Russell, a U.S. Navy veteran who lost his home to the Dixie Fire in California.
When social media posts about Woody and Luna’s road trips spread, offers of RVs poured in from donors. Woody now hopes to expand the volunteer effort. His goal is to stage RVs in hurricane and fire zones in the future to increase response times. The RVs also serve as housing for the dedicated first responders who need shelter for days as they tirelessly work to extinguish the fires and save homes. The firefighters are grateful for Woody’s RVs, for otherwise they must sleep in tents.
PassItOn and the Foundation For A Better Life believe Woody and Luna Faircloth are true heroes for their caring action. They provide strangers with a place to call home during the worst times in their lives. They offer hope and healing to traumatized natural disaster victims who are left with nothing. Woody and Luna’s concern for the welfare of strangers is a great example of the value of empathy. Please help us honor these everyday heroes by sharing the inspiring story.
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