Couple Who Lost Their Home to the Camp Fire Gets Keys to New Home, and More
Mark and Sally Gilbert have not had a place to call home, since theirs in Magalia, California burned down last November during the Camp Fire. Friday, the couple got the keys to their new home in Sparks, and when they walked in, they were surprised to see the house so full.
Mark and Sally Gilbert have not had a place to call home, since theirs in Magalia, California burned down last November during the Camp Fire.
Friday, the couple got the keys to their new home in Sparks, and when they walked in, they were surprised to see the house so full.
"Oh my god," Sally said as she teared up seeing her new living room furniture. "I'm going to look like Alice Cooper."
They walked in to see two couches, three tables, two lamps, and a television in the family room. They were just as surprised to see a new refrigerator in the kitchen and a new bed set in their bedroom. All furniture and appliances were donated by local businesses.
"Something to sit on is just wow, haha," Sally said. "I just feel so blessed feel like, I feel like I've done nothing to deserve all this, and I just feel so blessed."
When the Camp Fire first broke out, Mark and Sally actually kept their hopes up despite being forced to leave.
"When we first heard about the fire we just thought it was going to be a couple nights inconvenience, you know?" Sally said. "We had no idea because this had happened back in 2008 and we were rescued."
Unfortunately when they returned, there was barely anything left.
"Going through, going back to the house, digging through stuff," Mark said before holding back tears.
"That must've been hard," Sally replied.
Before they made it to Sparks, where their son lives, they lived in three different places. One was a mobile home with a family friend, one was a trailer given to them by a complete stranger to stay in, and one was their daughter's boyfriend's house.
"There were seven of us, in probably a 900 square foot home, with one bathroom," Sally said. "That was really hard."
Sally called the last three-plus months a marathon, always running, always stressing. But now it's over, and she ready to start building a home once again.
"I'm ready to put roots down and stay put," Sally says.
In addition to the furniture and appliances, they also received household items like cookware, and gift cards to buy more small necessities. RE/MAX Professionals, Czyz's Appliance, RC Willey, and Guild Mortgage contributed to the donations.
"The feeling when they walk in the door, that's what life is about," Re/MAX real state agent Michele Mebust said.