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Hainesville, IL House Fire - Racho Family Rebuild Fund

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Organizer: Family & Friends Beneficiary: Eric & Lieka Racho & Kids

The Racho family lost their Hainesville, IL home & everything in it in a 10/25 fire caused by an out of control vehicle. They don't have insurance to cover their personal belongings. Please help.

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Around 4 am on the night of October 25th, 2013, a car out of control ran into the town home of Eric & Lieka Racho.  Eric was at work during that time, while Lieka was at home with their three young children.  Lieka awoke to the screeching of the brakes and felt the impact of the car on their home.  She called 911 and when she went downstairs saw the front door pushed in by a vehicle and the garage filled with smoke.  The 911 operator instructed her to get her and her kids out of the house right away.  She did so and were taken in by a neighbor in the townhome building behind them as she continued talking with 911 and watched their home, vehicle and all their belongings get engulfed in flames. Fortunately, they are all physically ok.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131025/news/710259885/ 
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9300775&vid=9301483
http://wgntv.com/2013/10/25/car-crashes-into-townhouse-causes-fire-in-lake-county/

The family has experienced some difficult times.  In 2011, Eric was one of the employees that was held hostage during the Round Lake Home Depot robery, and more recently, he had just been discharged from the hospital weeks prior to the fire. 

Lieka and the kids barely made it out of the house with just the pajamas they were wearing, and the familly doesn't have insurance to cover their personal belongings. 

The family is devastated that they have no "home" to come home to but also knowing they could never replace a lifetimes worth of memories, photos and videos. But we can at least help them replace life's basic needs.
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12/06/2013
by Family & Friends
Please accept our sincere gratitude for your help during our family crisis. We were overwhelmed and touched by your generous donations, invaluable support and friendship. Your donations, messages, hugs and even simple smile showed how much you cared. It is the wonderful actions of families, friends and strangers that kept us going. We live in a crazy world but thank God for people like you who showed such selflessness. The donations we received helped us in our time of need. Our lives have been turned upside down, but we are getting back on track slowly and looking forward to the future. May God bless you and your families as you have with us! It’s amazing to see that people still care. 

Eric, Lieka, Dylan, Devin and Dani Racho





10/29/2013
by Family & Friends
A very thoughtful message from children's school.  Please email rachofamilyrebuild@gmail.com with any items you would like to donate.  The Rachos are also talking with their neighbor who's home is also uninhabitable, about what needs they have right now.  We can not thank you all enough!

Good morning -

The Racho family met with staff from both Prairieview and Frederick Schools this morning and they were touched by the overwhelming care and support our community has shown them.  At this point they are still too early into the rebuilding process to identify exact needs.  Mr. Racho, even said today is the first day they are going to address the next steps.  

We have had a huge number of requests to take donations and while we don't want to turn anything down, the last thing we want to do is further stress out the family in need.  They have set up an email account that they would like us to direct people to if they have items they would like to donate.  This way, as their needs come up, they can reach out the appropriate people directly.  Also there is a website that has been set up to collect monetary donations.  I've included both of those links below.  

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/hainesville-il-house-fire-racho-family-rebuild-fund/100123

rachofamilyrebuild@gmail.com

We will send an email to the site above indicating what we have for the family and offers we have received from local businesses and churches etc...  After that, we will let the family determine the next steps and continue to support them as they need it.  

One last note, there is an Emil's fundraiser tonight to support the Racho family.  Emil's will donate 10% of everything they sell tonight to help the rebuilding effort.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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-Eric Detweiler





10/28/2013
by Family & Friends
A very thoughtful message from children's school.  Please email rachofamilyrebuild@gmail.com with any items you would like to donate.  The Rachos are also talking with their neighbor who's home is also uninhabitable, about what needs they have right now.  We can not thank you all enough!

Good morning -

The Racho family met with staff from both Prairieview and Frederick Schools this morning and they were touched by the overwhelming care and support our community has shown them.  At this point they are still too early into the rebuilding process to identify exact needs.  Mr. Racho, even said today is the first day they are going to address the next steps.  

We have had a huge number of requests to take donations and while we don't want to turn anything down, the last thing we want to do is further stress out the family in need.  They have set up an email account that they would like us to direct people to if they have items they would like to donate.  This way, as their needs come up, they can reach out the appropriate people directly.  Also there is a website that has been set up to collect monetary donations.  I've included both of those links below.  

http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/hainesville-il-house-fire-racho-family-rebuild-fund/100123

rachofamilyrebuild@gmail.com

We will send an email to the site above indicating what we have for the family and offers we have received from local businesses and churches etc...  After that, we will let the family determine the next steps and continue to support them as they need it.  

One last note, there is an Emil's fundraiser tonight to support the Racho family.  Emil's will donate 10% of everything they sell tonight to help the rebuilding effort.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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-Eric Detweiler





10/27/2013
by Family & Friends

Wow!  Emil's Tavern on Center in Grayslake is donating 10% of their sales tomorrow, Monday, 10/28, to the family.  This is incredible.  <3

Karen, who started this all, will be there to help out.  Thank you so much to Karen, Bob (the owner of Emil's) and the whole staff for your generosity!!!

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Family-Devastated-After-Drunk-Driver-Crashes-into-Home-Sparks-Fire-229465991.html






10/27/2013
by Family & Friends
The overwhelming support continues to pour in.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  

We are sorry to not be able to respond to messages right away.  There is so much to do and figure out, we're still trying to get things organized.  People have been so generous and caring.  The Rachos feel extremely grateful and blessed.  Again, thank you!

The family tried to have a bit of normalcy today by bringing the kids trick or treating around the neighborhood.  The kids got to see and spend some time with their friends.  It was a good day.  :)




10/26/2013
by Family & Friends
Got word that Karen from Emil's Tavern in Grayslake will be donating all of her tips today to help Eric & Lieka Racho & kids.  On top of that, her husband's company will be matching her donation.

Please come out to Emil's to thank Karen and support their efforts.

Thank you so much, Karen and family!!!




10/26/2013
by Family & Friends
The family has been so overwhelmed by the prayers and generosity of the Lake County community and of family and friends.

They continued making rounds to rebuild, going to the DMV, getting prescriptions refilled, getting essentials they need.  They'll be meeting with the Red Cross today to get guidance on next steps.


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