Paying It Forward to the Volunteers Who Lost Everything!

Real Estate Agent with Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker WV0026375

Last night I received a call from Donna DeHart, Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia.  She was waiting  for a van bringing 15 teenagers from Pendleton County to White Sulphur Springs to volunteer for the Greenbrier Classic for the rest of the week.   On the way, the van caught on fire.  Thankfully, no one was hurt!   But, the van was destroyed and they lost everything in the fire.  Their clothes, cameras, phones, sleeping bags, and other personal items all burned with the van.    

Another van was sent from Virginia to get the volunteers.  Donna wasn't sure if the the volunteers would want to turn around and go back home.  If so we would seriously be hurting for volunteers to replace them. She asked if I had any ideas?

I got the message around 9:00 PM and called Donna. The volunteers had decided to stay and were all at Walmart buying clothes, underwear, tennis shoes, etc. I had blankets to provide if they needed them, but  the Red Cross had brought them blankets.  I offered my house to any that wanted to stay with me since I had three empty bedrooms.  If needed, I told her I had a queen-sized air mattress.  But, they all wanted to stay together at the Habitat House.

I will be seeing Donna tomorrow, and by then she will let me know what they need.  I have baked some brownies for the volunteers in hopes it will cheer them up.







It must be hard losing all your personal things while away from home.  I thank my lucky stars that I've never been a victim of a fire.... Perhaps my brownies will bring a smile to their faces.





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Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I'm sure they're going through a tough time because as you point out it can't be easy to lose everything when you're away from home. I'm sure they'll appreciate some sweet treats and don't forget the milk!

Jul 28, 2011 09:17 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I just love these stories of people coming together to take care of each other.  Hope these spread all over the place and become a wildfire of love and care. A

Jul 28, 2011 10:12 AM #2
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Rebecca, you are definately Loving and Giving. I'm sure they'll appreciate every sweet bite!

Jul 28, 2011 10:17 AM #3
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Victor, AH yes the milk...goes great brownies.

Alexandra, so do I.

Ellen, I think they will, the volunteers worked hard today in the food tent for the PGA tour.

Jul 28, 2011 11:48 AM #4
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening to you Rebecca

the volunteers sure will enjoy and appreciate those mighty fine and tasty looking brownies you have made. I'm sure they will also cheer them up a bit!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Jul 28, 2011 03:36 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rebecca- what I love about these stories is that it reminds you that people are basically good and when I see people coming together to help others in need it gives you hope that we'll all be just fine. 

Jul 28, 2011 03:46 PM #6
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Rebecca,

I agree.. it would be tough to lose all your belongs!  I am thankful that no one was hurt... you are such a dear and a blessing to all those who were affected by the fire!  You have a heart of gold and I am sure your brownies will definitely bring a smile to each of them.  God Bless your loving, caring and giving spirit!!!  XOXOXO

Jul 28, 2011 04:54 PM #7
Michael Thornton
RadnorLake Video - Nashville, TN
Nashville Area - Photography & Videography

Good morning, Rebecca. I too have to agree that it would be tough to lose everything. It is posts like this that ground you in reality...

Jul 28, 2011 10:15 PM #8
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I do hope so Dale.  They al worked at the Greenbrier Classic yesterday and went to see Tim McGraw's concert last night and will be working all weekend. So hopefully, the brownies helped somewhat.

Kathy, I do so agree!

Linda my friend, thank you so much.

Michael, I agree.

Jul 29, 2011 04:28 AM #9
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Yum...those brownies sure cheered me up.  I would have come volunteer if I knew you were serving such delectable treats. ;-)

Jul 29, 2011 02:46 PM #10
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rebecca, GREAT JOB, as fire victims need all the help everyone can give.   We have had a lot of lightening around Denver, and a few homes have been struck, and burned to the ground!    You never know when it will happen to you.   

Aug 01, 2011 02:00 AM #11
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Susan, all I can say is that they were soooo yummy. and the volunteers kept asking who made the brownies.

Joan, so right, we never know when a fire will happen.


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