Lost everything in fire but gained more

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Where do we even begin to say thank you to our dear Auburn community and beyond? In Tuesday’s paper (Nov. 24) the Auburn Journal printed a letter from my brother and his wife who live in England. My brother’s letter of thanks is something that my husband I had been talking about doing and had not gotten around to doing until now. Our home and precious dog were lost in the recent 49 Fire. We were not home when the fire started so we had no chance to get anything out before the fire consumed everything. We write this letter today to say that we may have lost everything in the fire but we have gained so much. You may be wondering what we gained. It is a renewed faith in the caring and the giving from the people from this incredible town and as far away as England, people pulling together to try and help.  We have been brought to tears so many times by the actions of people, whether it was directly from a daughter and son-in-law trying so hard to help and protect us or a benefit function. From the master technician helping us find a replacement car and State Farm Insurance to financial gifts, gift cards, clothes, cooked meals and people spending time with us, helping to sift through ashes. From finding my wedding ring to the jeweler at Sierra Moon in Old Town who was able to restore the ring and wouldn’t take anything for it as, in his words, “I had paid enough.” The hairdresser who wouldn’t charge me. The county offices trying to cope with the damage and yet help the victims to get back into their homes in a timely manner. The church that provided the women with new clothes and a photo album to replace the many that were lost. The church that dropped off a Thanksgiving meal, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and our dear Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter 500 from Sacramento, Kaiser Hospital in Roseville and Sacramento, my prior employer and co-workers that showed up or offered to help. The list goes on and on and so will these cherished memories of knowing that in a time of need there are no borders. Yes, we have been truly blessed. We have lived in Auburn 24 years and hope to re-build and stay as long as we can. Fran and Dale Kehoe, Auburn