MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – A mix of mountain folks came together to raise relief funds for those who lost their homes in the Creek Fire.
Spearheading the fundraiser was local business owners Heather & Kim Lawson of Get Deerty/Lawson Studios LLC, and local artist Kirsten Casey of Blue Lotus, along with a mix of mountain folks from Shaver Lake, Auberry, North Fork and Mariposa. The team is very happy to announce the final sum of their fundraising efforts at $26,780.
An assortment of fundraiser gear, including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tanks, decals and handcrafted necklaces were sold with 100% profits going to those who lost their homes.
Owner of Blue Lotus, Kirsten Casey of North Fork, sold her handcrafted gemstone Fire necklaces to raise relief funds. Auberry resident and carpenter, Travis Leeper assisted with road side selling efforts, while Kirsten and Josh DeFisher focused on selling efforts in North Fork and various other locations.
Kirsten, Travis and Josh were all evacuated during the fire, and gratefully were all able to return to their homes. Other notable community and family members who assisted in the effort include: Jovan Steele, Jennie Miner, Chuck Otero, Ben Berrier, Sue Leeper, Travis Casey, Allyson DeFisher, Frank Simonis, Jenn Embelton and Allie Maxfield.
Local businesses even stepped up to help in the selling efforts, such as Pak n’ Page, Macaulay Insurance, Vons in Oakhurst, Chukchansi Crossing and Fuel Station, Mar-Val Market in Prather and North Fork Super Market.
“It really takes a village, and without all the amazing people and businesses that supported the efforts, we wouldn’t have been able to raise as much as we did,” Heather Lawson said.
The funds were dispersed Friday, December 11th to the North Fork Boosters Creek Fire Relief Fund and the Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau Restore Our Sierra/Creek Fire Relief Fund.
The funds were split based on the amount of applications received by each non-profit. North Fork Boosters received $12,297 and Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau received $14,483. Both organizations will be distributing 100% of the funds directly to those who have lost their homes.
If you or someone you know suffered losses in the Creek Fire and have not yet applied for assistance, go to: https://northforkboosters.org/ and fill out the Creek Fire Assistance Form.
For Shaver Lake area, go to https://www.rebuildoursierra.org/ and select Request Assistance to fill out their form.
The remaining Creek Fire clothing inventory from the fundraiser was donated to the North Fork Boosters whom are continuing to raise funds for the Creek Fire Relief effort.
There is much work to be done still. If you are able and would like to donate to assist victims of the Creek Fire here are several ways to do so:
Donate to the North Fork Boosters Creek Fire Relief Fund: NorthForkBoosters.org
Donate to Shaver Lake Visitors Bureau Creek Fire Relief fund: GoShaver.org/take-action
Together we are Mountain Strong!
About the design:
The Creek Fire design was thoughtfully crafted by Heather Lawson, each element with a particular meaning. Looming over the design is a dense nuclear looking cloud (aka Pyrocumulonimbus) which resulted from the fire growing so fast it created its own weather, thunder and lightning. The water represents the San Joaquin River through which the fire burned as well as the lakes many ran to for safety when trapped by the fire. The Chinook represents the pilots of many aircraft that risked flying in thick smoke to rescue those trapped by the fire. The silhouette of the fire fighter over looking the vast fire represents all those working tirelessly day and night to protect our communities.
About Get Deerty and Blue Lotus:
Get Deerty (owned and operated by Heather and Kim Lawson of Lawson Studios LLC) is an outdoor apparel brand specializing in ethically sourced apparel and more. They hand print to order in their boutique screen printing shop located in North Fork, CA. They were lucky to return to their shop after being mandatory evacuated for a week during the fire. Their line is carried in Oakhurst, Mammoth and Bishop Vons as well as the Chukchansi Crossing Fuel Station. You can learn more at GetDeerty.com
Kirsten Casey, local artist and owner of Blue Lotus specializes in macrame hemp, wire wrapped gemstones and other custom hand crafted jewelry pieces. She was evacuated from her home for nearly three weeks. You can find her work in her online shop, BlueLotusHemp.Etsy.com.