If you’ve been watching the news lately, in between all the tornados in mid and eastern America, there are wildfires all over Texas. If you haven’t heard, you can read all about it and see video shot from all over the area on CNN HERE. I received a text yesterday from Tate, my ex-husband, that his parents who live just outside of Graham, TX have been evacuated and that a wildfire has jumped a nearby lake and was headed straight for them. The fire had been 0% contained and it wasn’t looking good. They had enough time to get their clothes and have someone come and get the horses. They then headed in to Graham to Tate’s brother Ty’s home to wait and see. At that point, they had no idea whether their home would survive or not.
About five years ago, Richard & Jan Viehmann took all they had and built themselves a small home on some property. Richard built it with his own hands and even broke a leg in the process (falling off the roof). In addition to building this little home, they spent many months here in California helping Tate and I with the ongoing remodels. They are wonderful people.
Over the last two years, they built a horse stable so that their granddaughter Hyedi could have a place for her horse to live. Just recently, Tate added a friend for Hyedi’s horse to hang out with:
Today, I got the news from Tate that they have been allowed back in the area and everything but the tin roofs is gone. There is nothing left but charred grass and trees for the majority of their property.
The loss of everything they had is heartbreaking, not only for Richard and Jan, but for those all over Texas. Richard and Jan have been good to me, I would like to give something back. So I am raising money to be able to help them get back on their feet. On a limited income, they had limited insurance and even that won’t be processed for months to come. I would like to collect as much as I can to send to them in a form of cash or a Walmart gift card, since that is the major store in town, so they can get started on rebuilding their home, wherever that may be.
Please help me by donating to their cause. Every little bit counts and these are people that are habitual givers, and I want to help give back. If you feel more comfortable, you may send a check or gift card directly to them at the following address:
Richard Sr. & Jan Viehmann
C/O Ty Viehmann
1425 Thompson Street
Graham, TX 76450