After a disaster many friends and family offer their support and say, "is there anything I can do to help?" Their offers are usually brushed aside with a simple thank you, but take advantage of their generosity! With the advent of social media you have a wealth of friends who can help!

I got this idea a couple of months back when a fire survivor from the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs asked if we could update our inventory with holiday items. I typed a few items I could think of then went on Facebook and asked people to help with an inventory for a fire survivor by listing every Halloween item they can think of in their house. People came out of the woodwork to provide their thoughts. In the next few days I asked about Thanksgiving and Christmas too and now our inventory includes these items.

You can do the same thing with other parts of your house. Ask people to list kitchen appliances, or gadgets. Ask friends to take pictures of their junk drawers or inside of their cabinets. Have people with kids your age take pictures of their toy chests or closets. This time of year can be especially hard, but maybe as your friends are unpacking their holiday items they can take pictures of the insides of their boxes and send them to you to help jog your memory of things you had.

Social media can be powerful. Use it in your favor! 

(PS: We also just posted a Power Point Presentation regarding personal property that you can access HERE.) 

Inspirational Quotes

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.

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The email tips are fantastic. I read them and are blown away with how helpful they are.

Humboldt Fire Survivor, 2008