Folks Coming Together and a Giveaway!

 

I’ve been racking my brain about what to write for this month’s blog post, but then there’s always the obvious. I’ve been evacuated from my home for three weeks now due to the wildfires going on in Oregon.

Yes, my house is still standing, but it’s been touch and go. I must say, this isn’t my first wildfire rodeo, but this has certainly been the most I’ve seen folks come together.

I have a new appreciation for the old west or any period in history that didn’t have the fire departments and crews we have today. My sister, nephew, and I have had to come out to the house over the course of the last few weeks and water everything down. The power was out for the first week or so, and we had to haul buckets up from the creek to get the job done. It was grueling, but you do what you have to do.
Thank Heaven it rained like the dickens for a few days. That helps contain the fire, but it doesn’t put it out. This is another week of touch and go as the hot spots are being re-ignited by the warmer temperatures and east winds.

But through it all, I’ve watched my little community of Estacada come together like never before. Around here you grow up knowing the same folks from kindergarten through high school. Everyone knows everybody else. And thus, everyone knows who suffered the most damage. The outpouring of help and aid has been such that the donation centers have had to turn donations away. The quick organization of groups of people making lunches and snacks for the fire and brush crews, not to mention the huge amount of volunteers has also been outstanding. It’s great to not only see signs of gratitude to the fire crews in people’s driveways, but this time around there are coolers full of snacks, sandwiches, and drinks. The crews can just stop, hop out, grab what they need, and go.

I live at the end of a mile-long driveway in a log cabin. There are six residences, five in the canyon where I live. The one neighbor had a crew of thirty men made up of his friends and relatives fighting alongside the fire crews to keep the fire from burning down our homes. One house came particularly close but was saved. There are groups of folks like this all over the area. Many more homes would have been lost if not for their bravery, and I along with friends and neighbors commend them. They are still fighting in areas and working to keep the fire contained this week so it doesn’t travel any further into the canyon than it already has.

This has been both an amazing and devastating time, but it just goes to show how kind, generous. and loving folks are. My sister, a professional horsewoman, had to help evacuate 57 horses from the barn she works at. She put a post on Facebook about what she had to do, (at around midnight no less) she never asked for help. She was just giving folks a heads up to take care of their own barns and livestock. Ten folks showed up at her barn with their horse trailers ready to help within the hour. She was floored. 

I’m hoping we’ll be able to return home in another week or so. It will be nice to get back to a normal routine. For some, there is no more normal for a time and our hearts and prayers go out to them. But with the incredible outpouring of love from the community, I know everyone will be all right in the end. After all, we’re all in this together.

Ironically, the book I released on 9/14 starts off with a fire. But like now, folks pull together and are there for each other. 

So, for a free e-copy of Hearts of the Northwest, what acts of kindness and generosity have you seen lately? I’ll pick a random person from the comments below.

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Kit Morgan is the author of over 100 books of historical and contemporary western romance! Her stories are fun, sweet stories full of love, laughter, and just a little bit of mayhem! Kit creates her stories in her little log cabin in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. An avid reader and knitter, when not writing, she can be found with either a book or a pair of knitting needles in her hands! Oh, and the occasional smidge of chocolate!

54 thoughts on “Folks Coming Together and a Giveaway!”

  1. A few months back the community college here cook meals for senior citizens 4 a week till about a month before school resumed. So two months of free meals. Was very nice of them to lend there kitchen to so many chefs who got together to do this. At no cost to seniors.

  2. My thoughts and prayers for you and everyone In the path of these devastating fires.
    I hope you get to go home soon and I hope everything will be OK I just can’t imagine what y’all are going through.

  3. Good morning! I can’t believe it’s already been 3 weeks! I can’t even imagine what the actual devastation looks like out that way! Prayers for everyone! There truly are amazing caring people in this world still I just wish we’d see more acts of kindness on a daily basis to counteract all the bad things that are going on right now.

    I’d love the opportunity to read this book and see people coming together after the fire! Stay safe!

    • Thank you. It’s been a devastating time, but also a wonderful time watching all the kind acts of people. Folks from other communities even came to help patrol the town when it had to be evacuated.

  4. Hubs and I take care of his 88 yr old father who has been “holed up” in his house through all of this – I get his grocery list and buy them on Mondays – it is such a joy to be able to help him out – we also share meals with him to switch up his menus!

  5. It’s a little thing, but an unknown friend left a couple of melons on our front step at week. They were such a nice treat during challenging week.

  6. I am so sorry that you all are going through this and I am praying for everyone. Acts of kindness is that the schools around here are still bring breakfast and lunch to the children that can’t afford lunch at school. They come around every day with their lunch in a school bus.

    • They do that here too. Well, except when the town had to be evacuated. I hope many more schools joined that effort and kept children fed through out these trying times.

  7. Cannot imagine what you have been through. I live on the South Coast of Oregon and had a fire about 20 miles from us. The smoke from all the fires in Oregon came our way for a while. It was horrible.

  8. It is amazing to watch a community work together to save its self. Glad you are safe, and hopefully will be back home soon.
    In my area of Idaho, a group of people have been randomly just doing good deeds for people. No one really knows who all are involved, but the group has grown, and includes all ages. One of the things being done, is treats being left for first responders, and for doctors, nurses at hospitals. Making sure that people of all ages have food/meals. Hope it keeps up.

  9. Oh Kit, I am so sorry that you are having to go through such. It is always amazing to me how in hard times, people dig down and do what they have to do plus show compassion for others. True friends do that for each other but then total strangers show up ready to do the same.
    I hope things are back to normal soon.

  10. i am sorry you have to go through this. prayers for the safety of your home. prayers for peace and strength. it is interesting how God works in the whole of our lives. I have seen people be more considerate of others. I have seen people help the elderly especially when the stores are out of certain things. neighbors in our neighborhood have come together more than ever

    • Yes, despite all the other stuff going on in the world right now, Lori, kindness, generosity and being considerate of others is also flourishing. They just never put that sort of thing in the news.

  11. Good morning Kit ,first off I’m happy to hear your home is still safe . We’ve had several of our local firefighters go to the wild fires to help fight the fires it’s devastating, I can’t even imagine.. prayers for ALL??

    I love seeing how a tragedy can bring people together, strangers uniting to help in anyway they can ! We actually had a farmer who had a heart attack in the field a few weeks ago . Farmers from all over brought their tractors and finished bringing in his harvest !!

  12. Good morning Kit. My heart goes out to you and your community fighting through this terrible wildfire season. I pray you are still safe. Five minutes ago my neighbor gave me two buttercup squash. In a return, I gave him a loaf of home made brown bread. I love that kind of generosity and sharing. I pray you are able to return home and enjoy your beautiful area. God bless you and the brave people in your community fighting those fires.

  13. What a beautiful testimony to the human spirit and the power of community, Kit. So thankful you and your house are still standing. I love reminders like this of what it truly means to be a neighbor. We so easily forget.

  14. My heart goes out to all affected by these fires. I love in a small town. And our little community has stood up and really helped each other. From food. To meals. It’s amazing what love and caring for your fellow man can accomplish….

  15. I’m so sorry the wildfires have touched your community.

    This is not meant as a brag, but a friend is going through chemo and asked if others had sanitizing wipes and a few other supplies for their household. I gave them 4 containers of Clorox wipes. Small kindness.

    Now, before you think I’ve been hoarding them–I haven’t. I won a year’s supply from Clorox in 2019. They were damaged, and not only did Clorox send a full replacement, so did the fulfillment company. I had 3-year’s worth of product, gave an entire year’s worth to a teacher at a Title 1 school to share with all the teachers, and I’ve given a lot to friends with autoimmune diseases, like me. I have spread the wealth of my win to many recipients.

    denise

  16. Kit, I’m so sorry that the wildfires have reached your community. Times of crisis are perfect opportunities to extend His love and mercy on our neighbors.

  17. I am so sorry for you Kit. I cannot even imagine what this must be like. I pray you continue to safe.

    I hate going to the grocery store, especially since this virus. People fighting and ugly. Last week was the first time in a long time I got to experience something different. I was picking out a container of cake slices – they had several flavors to choose from – and a man who must have been in his eighties came up to me and asked me if they were good. I went through all the flavors with him telling him which I had tried and liked and he was just so happy and thankful. I cried all the way home.

    I’ve read Shanna’s book and it was amazing. I look forward to yours. Thank you for the opportunity.

  18. Wow! You have a lot going on! So glad that you have such great neighbors! Praying for you and all effected by the fires!

  19. How wonderful that you have such a great community and people so ready to help. I hope things calm down soon and you can get back into your house safely. This year has been so terrible and it isn’t over yet.
    I am a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer and often see acts of caring and kindness. This year has been especially difficult for volunteers. With COVID, procedures have changed and the personal contact that is so important to those touched by disaster and the volunteers has been impacted. So often, a hug means so much to someone who has suffered a loss. Now , reports are done over the phone, we stay in our cars, leave whatever aid we are giving them on the hood of the car, get back in, and then they come over to pick it up. It just isn’t the same. With the serious fires and a crazy hurricane season, there are not enough volunteers to send and those that can go are being deployed more frequently. With the COVID restrictions, we need more volunteers because shelters can only hold half of what they usually do, so more need to be opened. We are trying to put people in hotels first to assure separation, increasing costs. Many of us who would deploy, cannot because the restrictions are more extensive. Those of us with health issues that are not normally a problem can’t deploy. In addition, there are more disaster areas at the same time and situations that will last longer. Those volunteers from Red Cross and other organizations give freely of their time and efforts. Many are retired, but others take time off from work to help. It is important to us all to help when and where it is needed. Knowing it made even a bit of a difference is all the reward most need. Whether the volunteers are part of an organization or just helping because they can, like those on your road or those who showed up to help move horses, they show the innate generosity and caring that gives a community or country its heart.

  20. Kit, I pray these fires will not blow up again as the temperatures warm this week. We are 70 miles from the nearest one here in Washington and the smoke was really bad here, too, mostly coming from Oregon fires. Some of the communities here have asked people to hold off on donations until they have time to sort through what has already been donated. People have been so kind and generous.

  21. Wow, Patricia, I had no idea the Red Cross was having to do all that because of Covid. I drove past the Red Cross station set up at the Relief Center in town. I dropped off paper bags they needed and drove by the Red Cross’s spot. Two men were handing out white buckets to folks. I have no idea what was in them. And you’re right. Generosity and caring is what gives this country its heart.

  22. My dad lives where Hurricane Laura went through. After discovering my dad’s generator was not working, his neighbor cleaned and repaired it, so my dad would have electricity to power the pump for his well, and this have water again.

  23. I pray every night for rain to help the firefighters wipe out the fires. Fires are horrible, but so are floods and hurricanes. There seems to be no end to natural disasters. I’m relieved your home and others in your canyon were spared. The part of people responding to your sister’s post about the horses, and people coming with horse trailers literally squeezed my heart. All these acts of kindness posted here are testimonials to human kindness. May it always prevail over evil.

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