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Community Raises Thousands for San Rafael Fire Victims

burning fire flame on wooden house
Written by Anne Dreshfield

When a fire destroyed their home, San Rafael neighbor Mike M. and his roommate and coworker Marcus B. had nowhere to turn after they escaped with just the clothes on their back.

The two were friends and both worked at a local business, Goodman Building Supply, with Mike working in the lumber yard and Marcus as a paint sales representative. A local customer of theirs for years, Jeff B., learned about the fire after he visited the store and chatted with Mike.

“He’s a good guy, and a great resource — you don’t always get that,” Jeff noted. He felt moved to do whatever he could to help. After donating clothes and his own money, he also shared Mike and Marcus’ story on his neighborhood’s Nextdoor website, asking if anyone else could help. Neighbors immediately began to comment on the thread, offering whatever assistance they could.

One neighbor saw Jeff’s post and was so inspired that he started a fundraising campaign. In just a week, donations from the community totaled nearly $7,000.

Mike and Marcus survey the damage at the home they shared.

Mike and Marcus survey the damage at the home they shared.

“I never thought we would even raise a couple of hundred bucks,” said Jeff. “It’s mind-boggling.”

As for Mike and Marcus, they’re filled with gratitude for the support from the community.

“It’s just overwhelming.” Mike says. “We are so grateful.”

“It’s pretty remarkable,” Marcus agrees. “We really appreciate the things the community has done for us.”

To donate to Mike and Marcus to help get them back on their feet, click here.


Originally reported by the Marin Independent Journal.

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