When the Carr Fire was in Redding my family was evacuated. We loaded up our kids with some belongings in a truck and drove down to Sacramento. After a few days we thought we would come back up to Redding, but when we went to start the car we knew something was wrong.
We took it to a mechanic, and I wrote a Facebook post updating friends to let them know we were safe but were waiting for our car to be fixed so that we could return to Redding. Within 30 minutes of the post, one of my friends texted us saying she and her husband wanted to give us $10,000 to replace the truck. My Husband said something like, “Well that’s amazing, thank you! We’re slightly in shock and will get back to you.” We sat there just dazed.
At this point the truck just needed to be fixed, and after a few hours we thought, we love our truck, let’s just get it fixed. We had been told it would cost about $900. But when we went to fix it, we found out something a lot more serious was going on and the truck was dead. The mechanic said they should have caught it, so they didn’t charge us the $900 for the repairs.
We contacted our friends and told them what happened, and they said they still wanted to give us the $10,000, and they sent us the check! We took our beloved truck to the junkyard and drove away feeling amazed by the generous gift we’d received, but also sad to lose our truck. While we were processing this, our phone rang and another friend who knew nothing about our situation said, “We’d love to give you $2,000.” In the middle of our gratitude mixed with sadness, it was like the Lord said, “Here, have this too!” – from Katrina S.