Help Cari

For: Cari Cavuoto
Organizer: Becky Arganbright
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 80 donors
61% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On January 5th 2014, Cari and her son came home to find their home up in flames with their 4 dogs and 2 cats trapped inside. Thankfully, all pets were rescued, thanks to the fire fighters, and have received medical care. The focus and primary concern now, are for Cari and her son Johnny, to find them a new home and to give back what has been lost in the fire. Cari is a hard working single mom and anyone that knows her will tell you that she is always the first to give. We are using this devestating tragety as an opportunity to give back, but we need your help. Please help us give Cari and Johnny a fresh start. Thank you in advance and God bless!

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Becky Arganbright

Cari's fundraiser will be ending in a matter of hours. Again, THANK YOU to all who have helped so much! We are grateful.

I know that Cari wanted to post her own "thank you" but has had a hard time getting the time to do it--she has recently started going back to work, and so, between working at her job and continuing to sort through her belongings that survived the fire, leaves her short with time and energy. I know that she really wanted to say thank you though--so I found this "thank you" that she posted to her friends on FB a couple weeks ago; I think I can safely say it applies to everyone here as well:

I am thinking this is the best way to reach everyone, but know that there are friends not on Facebook, friend of friends, and even total strangers…. I am just now sifting through messages, and help, and I am in awe of it all. Please know I will be working on thanking individuals as best I can. I am not an organized girl under the best of circumstances. Help has come in so many forms; spiritual, emotional, financial (which I know is difficult for all of us) and physical (which is also difficult, dealing with me can be like nailing jell-O to a tree). So for now, a HUGE thank you to each of you and never hesitate to call me in for favors - I may not have the dually anymore, or the muscle, but I have the will to work.


Again, thank you to everyone!


Becky and friends

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Becky Arganbright
We thank you all for your generous donations for Cari. We're extending the fundraiser just one more day because Cari would like to post a "thank you" before the fundraiser ends. Thanks again, for all of your help, we truly appreciate it~

Posted on January 12, 2014 by Becky Arganbright

Correction: Please send donations to this address, the one in the last post is incorrect:

St.Jospeh Catholic Church

C/O Cari Cavuoto

11001 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Posted on January 11, 2014 by Becky Arganbright

A little update on how Cari is doing....first of all, she is very grateful for all the support she's been getting, from both friends and strangers alike. It really is amazing to see how everyone comes together in someone's tragedy to help uplift a friend/stranger and her son. It's been almost a week since the fire but she is still trying to comprehend it all; losing your home and many of your belongings is very disorientating and on top of all that, having to make decisions on how and where the money needs to go to make a new path to a new life is overwhelming in itself.

From Cari and myself and her friends who have jumped in to help: thank you to all who have helped in every way that was possible for you; we have not forgotten that every time we've asked for money or donations that this takes a little away from your own family, your life and your plans to help someone else in need. Even if what you gave was only a little bit, it's what has made it possible to help Cari through this hard time in her life. Please don't ever think that the $5 was not enough to make a difference, every little bit has helped and  we are grateful for all who have reached out with donations and/or prayer!

We are halfway to her goal of $10,000 which I know seems to be a huge goal amount! But if you consider everything in your life that we need for survival, not to mention a place to start over, ten thousand is just a tiny amount to make a new start. So again, I'm asking that if you are able to give (or give again), please help Cari to make this goal. Again, we thank you for what everyone has done, and there just will never be enough words to ever repay you for your kindesses.

Because of everyone's generosity, Cari now has a new toaster oven (yes, she needs to be able to cook so she and her son can eat!) she has clothes, she has blankets, and dog beds, cat food and dog food. She has received cash donations and gift cards which has made it possible for her to get a new microwave (she has had to boil water the "old fashioned way") and get groceries. Her vetinarian bills are starting dwindle down, thanks to so many people who donated by helping pay for the bill. Cari herself has also used much of the money to pay the bills down as well as a check that she received before the fire to pay for it.

She's good on what she needs right now and we thank you for all your donations. Today she and some friends will be going through her condo to find what is still salvagable. The problem with fires though, is that if it is not burned, it is most likely ruined by water damage or soot. Much of her things that have escaped the fire are still ruined because of all the soot and ash that does not wash out as you would think. Soot and ash make a mud that doesn't wash out well or even at all sometimes. Toothbrushes and cups that have been found in seemingly good condition (meaning, not burned) have had to be thrown out because it would be a danger to health to drink or brush teeth with so much chemical exposure.

So this update is mainly to inform you that Cari is doing much better, thanks to so many. She said she is "good" with where she's at for now (and what she can handle with the place she is staying. Thanks to a good friend who is helping her out, she has a roof over her head, however it is one room with herself, her son, four dogs and two cats.) Money donations and gift cards would still be appreciated; we still have some time to reach our goal, so if you could help by passing this link around, please do! And again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Cari has also asked that those who would like to donate something to consider donating Fido Bags to your local fire station. Fire stations rely on people's donations for Fido bags, and it's because of Fido bags that many animals have been saved. However, only a few fire trucks carry them as only a few have been donated. Here is the link: check in your local area!

If you would like to donate checks or gift cards to Cari, you may do so at St. Joseph's Church; this is the "holding place" for Cari's donations.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

5406 E Virginia Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Thank you again!!!

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Becky Arganbright
Cari was interviewed by the news yesterday after a friend reached out, asking for the community for help. To watch the story, please click on the link below:

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Becky Arganbright
This will be a brief update: after having had some time to think about what needs to be replaced as well as watching the vet bills climb, Cari asked that we increase the goal amount to $10,000. She understands that this goal may not be reached, however, every little bit is needed and helps. Thank you again for your amazing support, all who have reached out to help and pray, both friends and strangers alike!

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Becky Arganbright

A temporary location is being used to send donations and gifts for Cari and Johnny until they're able to find a home:

St.Jospeh Catholic Church

C/O Cari Cavuoto

11001 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85028
(602) 996-5120

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Becky Arganbright
Hi everyone, I just got off the phone with Cari and she asked that I post something here:  she had a lot of information to give but is very overwhelmed with everything that she's finding it hard to be specific about what she is needing. First, her dog "Jacket" is not doing well at all, there is a good chance that she/he may not make it. She is very concerned about this and is asking for prayers. Her other dogs are also hacking almost constantly; Cari has not been able to sleep well since the fire because of their coughing--her dogs are still very shaken up and "needy".

We compiled a small list of what she is needing right now; most of what she has has either been ruined in the fire or is water-soaked or ruined by soot and ash.

She is asking that those who live by her in the Phoenix area and would like to donate to please hold on to it until she finds a storage unit to put everything in; a relative is helping her with that either today or tomorrow. If you would like to give something, here is what she's asking for:

toaster oven
down pillow or memory foam pillow (she has back and neck problems)
dog food (she has nothing and her dogs just ate for the first time last night)
cat food
shower curtains
gift cards to Cost Co or Safeway--she only shops at these places.

A lot of people are asking Cari if they can give to Cari through Paypal--she gives a big YES on this: to give to Cari through Paypal, go to "send money" and put in Cari's email address in the recipient box: She will transfer any money from paypal to her checking account so she'll get it right away.

The news have done a follow-up story yesterday; I haven't seen it posted yet but Cari says you can find it at If you should find it, please post it. This is a request from Cari.

She is blown away by people's generosity and love and has expressed a lot of gratitude. She's aware of how badly she needs help and isn't refusing anyone, so if you're able to do something or reach out in some way, she is very grateful. At the same time, I know that we're all recuperating from Christmas and expenses so please don't feel bad if you can't give anything financially. I myself have not yet been able to contribute financially even though so many have stepped forward. I plan to give something on Wednesday, but that's only because it's payday.

Her fundraiser is now up to $2400, thanks to so many good people, even complete strangers who want to help. I'll be posting this update on the website there too; all of this has been approved by Cari.

My little group of FB friends don't really know Cari, so although I will be sharing regardless, please share this update on your wall for those who might want to help.
Thanks again for all your help and prayers!

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