Man, daughter spend Thanksgiving driving RV filled with donations to Camp Fire victims
DENVER, Colo. — From his home in Denver, James Faircloth’s eyes were stuck to the screen, watching video after video of the Camp Fire, as it devoured neighborhoods in Northern California. Instead of writing a social media post about thoughts and prayers for those affected or sharing the latest news updates, he decided to take action.
Faircloth, a father of four, spent Thanksgiving driving from Denver out to Chico, California in an RV filled with items to donate, including the actual RV, and his young daughter joined him.
“We were watching some of what’s going on out there and talking about ‘what if that was us and what would we do,’ and I told (my daughter) what the idea was and she was 100 percent on board. She said ‘God and Santa Claus would be really proud of us for this,'” said Faircloth.
He set up a GoFundMe account on Saturday, Nov. 17, seeking donations to help pay for a RV, which he would drive to California and give to a family in need. He said the money would also help pay for donations for him to give out in California. He said he hopes to give the RV to a first responder whose home was lost in the blaze.
He picked up the RV on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from a man who sold it to him for about a third of the price because he wanted to support the cause, Faircloth said.
On Thursday morning, Faircloth, who had started the journey to California, called KMGH with some more good news. Another person wanted to donate a RV.
Faircloth posted on the Chico Craigslist website that he was looking for somebody willing to donate a RV that he could give to a family affected by the Camp Fire. A woman reached out to him wanting to fill that request.
She said the vehicle just needed new tires, so she’d get that work done Friday and then Faircloth could drive it up to Chico from Santa Rosa.
A California RV park has also stepped up, Faircloth said, and is donating free spaces for both of the RVs so the families can stay in the park.
Faircloth and his daughter should arrive early Friday morning, he said. High winds and snow forced them to make a detour, adding four hours to the drive.
You can follow Faircloth’s journey on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. He asked for the public’s help recommending two families to give the RVs to, and invited anybody with an idea to email it to RV4campfirefamily@gmail.com with as many details as possible.