After The Fire - Rebuilding Kevin's Home

For: Kevin Kimmel
Organizer: Bob Kimmel
$10,170
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 158 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On December 28, 2013 my brother Kevin's house in Fullerton, CA caught fire and before the fire department could get it under control he lost everything.  Kevin was back east in Harrisburg, PA with our family for the holidays when he got a call from his neighbor telling him the bad news.  The next day photos started coming in from his friends in California showing the total devastation and Kevin realized that the only things he had left were the items in his suit case that he brought with him for the holiday vacation and in fact he didn’t have a home to go back to.  Everything was gone and now even though his home owners insurance will help with rebuilding and recovery Kevin will still be left with massive expenses.

Just think of all the things you have in your own homes - in the bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen and all through the house.  Now think what it would be like if it were all suddenly gone.  That’s where Kevin is now.  He has to replace everything he ever owned.  

Please take a few minutes and watch the video posted here and then please donate anything you can to help.  All the funds raised here will help Kevin get his home, his belongings and his life back together.  

And even if you can’t afford to donate any money at this time you can be a great help by sharing this information and passing along the link to this web site to others who may be able to help and simply help spread the word.

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Give by mail:
If you prefer, you can send a check payable to Bob Kimmel.  I am administrating this fundraiser for my brother and all donations will be added toward the goal of this web site.

Mail to:
Kevin’s Fire Recovery
c/o Bob Kimmel
308 Killington Court
Mays Landing, NJ  08330

Donations received by mail will be added towards the goal on this web site. Please include your name and address and a note to let me know if you would like your name, amount, or both to be anonymous, or if it’s OK to post that information on the web site.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 7, 2014

Posted on July 7, 2014

The fundraiser that I put together to help my brother after his home was destroyed by fire and he lost virtually everything he owned was a complete and total success! I'd like to thank the YouCaring.com staff for helping me succeed and make this campaign possible. Before I started I researched and looked at several of these types of fundraiser websites and it seemed obvious to me that YouCaring.com was the only one to align myself with for this fundraiser. All of the other sites I saw took a small percentage from each donation as a fee to help run the website. In addition, PayPal takes it's cut from each transaction and between the two fees I would not have been getting nearly as much from the donations made toward the actual help for my brother.  YouCaring.com does not take any fees from the donations and that was a key important factor.  They do make a request to each person donating to add a few dollars to help run the website, but it's voluntary and you don't HAVE to pay that fee. I'm sure many people do pay the additional dollar or two and it does help to keep this wonderful site running, and I'm glad for that, but they don't take anything away from the actual amount being donated toward the real cause and that is a very appealing way to do business.  In addition to this the YouCaring site is set up in a very user friendly way making it easy for someone to get a fundraiser started and also makes it easy for people to make donations.  The easy to follow steps walk you through the process and make the whole experience effortless.

As far as my fundraiser goes, it was a great success and my brother was overwhelmed at the response.  At first I wasn't sure what kind of goal and time line was going to be reasonable and attainable. I decided that a 90 day campaign would be best but I wasn't sure if my goal of $10,000 was a pipe dream or could actually be achieved. Well, we not only got to the $10,000 goal but we passed it and ended up with a final amount of $10,170.  I was extremely pleased and so happy that I was able to raise that much money to help out my brother Kevin.

Kevin has homeowners and fire insurance and they will cover most of his expenses in rebuilding his home and replacing most of his things that were lost but they certainly won't cover everything. Far from it. Kevin will be burdened with a ton of out of pocket expenses when it's all said and done and this $10,000 will go a long way to help him cover that financial loss.  At this point they have started construction on his home - the interior has been gutted and fixed up and there is finally a roof on the house again.  Now they will continue with electric and plumbing.  Soon it will be time for Kevin to start buying all the appliances, furniture, cabinets and the million other things he needs for inside the house and that's when this $10,000 will start to be very helpful.

All I can say is that if you or someone you know is in some kind of financial difficulty because of a disaster or illness or any of the many things that can happen to make your life a living hell burdened with money problems then YouCaring.com is the place where you may possibly be able to get some help to put your life back on track. Now you must know that it isn't just a matter of throwing up a fundraiser and sitting back and waiting for the money to roll in. You do have to do some work to make the campaign a success. You must be diligent and do some work to get the word out about your fundraiser.  I personally spent some amount of time almost every day of the 90 day campaign working on facebook and with e-mails and other social media constantly sending out information about the fundraiser and then e-mailing and messaging thank you's to people who had donated or who had shared and re-posted the information to their facebook pages to help spread the word. You've got to work it! It won't do it by itself, but if you spend the time and work the social media hard and keep spreading the word in every way possible it will be an effective way to make your fundraiser a success the same as mine was.

Thank you to YouCaring.com.  Thank you to all of my friends, family and all the people who donated to my fund and to those who couldn't afford to contribute but helped by sharing and re-posting the information to help spread the word. There aren't enough words in the English language to express my thanks adequately.  And my brother Kevin is completely overwhelmed with the extreme generosity from so many people, many of whom he has never even met but they contributed because they are friends of mine.  It was an amazing experience and I'm glad I was able to make a difference for my brother, knowing of course that if things were reversed he would do the same for me.

Posted on June 18, 2014

Posted on June 18, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To everyone who donated to this fundraiser I say a big thank you.
To all of you who helped spread the word by sharing posts to your facebook page and telling other friends about this fundraiser I say a big thank you.
When I started out I didn't know if a $10,000 goal was a pipe dream or something I could actually achieve but with all of your help we not only made that goal but we surpassed it.

As my brother Kevin starts spending this money to finish building and furnish the inside of his new home just be aware that with every item that goes into his new home your love and care goes with it and will be in his home and in his heart forever.

This has been an extraordinary adventure making this campaign a success and I can't begin to thank you all enough.  Kevin is overwhelmed and extremely thankful as well, especially since a large part of these donations came from my friends here on the east coast and he has not even met most of the people who contributed to this fundraiser. That's the power of friendship and I am so fortunate to have so many wonderful friends who rose to the occasion simply because I asked, even when they may have never met my brother. You guys are the best!!!
The funds are being transferred and Kevin will get a big fat check in a few days.  We did it!! I love you all.

Posted on June 17, 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014

This fundraiser ends in less than seven hours, at 7PM tonight.
It has been an extraordinary success thanks to all of you wonderful friends.
We set a goal of $10,000 and we actually exceeded that goal.
This will go a long way to help Kevin while he goes through the reconstruction phase and after he gets in his new home, filling it up with all the things that he lost in the fire.
Thank you to everyone who contributed by donating or by sharing the information to help spread the word. All of your help and support has been  incredible and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
If you haven't donated by now and you've been thinking about it you're running out of time - just hours left to go now. So please get in those last minute donations because every little bit helps.

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