Family of four and pets lost everything in housefire

For: Jamie Atkinson, Mary Thompson, Justin Thompson, Kathie Atkin
Richmond, VA
Organizer: Jamie Atkinson
Family of four and pets lost everything in housefire (Jamie Atkinson, Mary Thompson, Justin Thompson, Kathie Atkin)
$2,855
of $50,000 goal
5% Complete
Raised by 53 donors

The Story

I'm Jamie and in the early morning hours of December 18th, 2017, the house I share with my sister, brother in law, elderly mother and several dogs (including newborn puppies) and cats in Chesterfield county burned down. We escaped the fire with nothing but one phone, most of our pets, and the clothes on our backs. While we survived with only a bit of smoke inhalation, a panic bite from a dog and heartbreak, we lost one of our cats and nearly everything we have ever owned, including family photos, heirlooms, electronics, and every item of sentimental value.


We've been staying in a hotel while we await hearing from the insurance company but have reached the end of our funds after buying several nights stay, one outfit each, a little food, and supplies for our animals. I've started this fundraiser because the donations can be used ASAP and we desperately need it.  Please spare what you can or contact Red Cross about non-monetary donations.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 23, 2017

Posted on December 23, 2017

Yesterday was a hard, terrible day.

Insurance, who we'd been paying since our grandmother's death four years ago, has refused to cover temporary housing, our hotel stay, or food. Everything has closed for the holidays and we're unable to get emergency assistance anywhere. We won't know until next week if insurance intends to cover the house or not but they indicated to us that it wasn't likely.

We also lost another beloved pet dog who passed last night and our elderly, disabled mother had a panic attack after little Roxy passed that required hospitalization. All in all it was the hardest day we've had yet. That coupled with the fact that the funds donated have gone to the hotel room and our uncertain future have us all stressed beyond ability to cope and scared about what our future holds. It's not easy being told you're going to be indefinitely homeless and then losing a beloved family member. 

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