By Miriam Raftery
July 14, 2018 (Alpine) – Many of our readers have been asking how to help people who lost homes in the West Fire in Alpine earlier this month. Several organizations are helping out and GoFundMe pages have also been set up for some of the families.
Alpine Christian Fellowship has established a West Fire relief fund that is accepting financial donations. You can also sign up to volunteer to help with debris clean up, supply distribution, food and water, pet care, child care, spiritual care, or transportation.
A Fire Victim Supply Post has been set up at Boulder Oaks Elementary (2320 Tavern Rd., Alpine) where you can donate and drop off supplies to help fire survivors such as clothing, clean-up supplies, non-perishable food items and household goods. For more info please call or text Margo at 619-876-8713 or Stephanie at 619-573-5638.
Keller Williams Realty has started a fund to help West Fire survivors and is also accepting donations of immediate relief supplies at three locations in Alpine and El Cajon. Details are at their GoFundMe link.
Below are other GoFundMe sites set up to help specific individuals and families who lost homes in the West Fire. While some have already raised tens of thousands of dollars, other have nearly no donations. Please help our neighbors in need.
Suzanna Ohanassian: Uninsured cancer survivor
The manager of the Alpine Oaks Estates mobile home park, where 10 homes were lost, says Suzanna Ohanassian is one of two residents who had no insurance due to a string of bad luck.
“She is older , without immediate family(no children) to help her. She is a cancer survivor who still is on medication for treatment. She recently lost her job of 16 years as a result of health issues that left her unable to perform her transportation position she held,” he writes. “A daughter of a now deceased La Mesa firefighter, she is left alone to fight an uphill battle. Please help her get back on her feet.“
Christine Douglas: Mom loses all
“My mom, Alpine community member, Christine Douglas lost everything in the West fire on July 6, 2018. She lost her mobile home, all possessions, and her constant companion of 11 years, Miss D the dog,” writes her son, Chad Cooper.