California Fire Disaster – Please Help


Over the past few months we have seen so much devastation with  wind, flooding, earthquakes, andnow  fire.  Having lived in Santa Rosa for over 30 years I feel the pain of so many friends that have lost everything.  When there is wind and flooding and even earthquakes generally there is at least the bones of a structure to work with to start over.  The fire storm that hit Santa Rosa and surrounding areas left nothing but ash for so many families and businesses.

I moved from Santa Rosa in 2012 but my son and his family still live there.  They were fortunate to not have had damage to their home but so many of their friends were not so lucky.  Bryan is a business man and felt he needed to reach out to his network of business colleagues to find a way to help. They have put together this fundraiser.  Please dhelp if you can.  Your donation is tax deductable at the full value of the vehicle you donate.  100% of proceeds will go to a list of victims who desperately need help.

Nationwide Vehicle Donation Fundraiser Launched to Aid Northern CA Fire Victims

Local Entrepreneur and Rotary pull their Nationwide Networks to give a “vehicle” to help local Firestorm victims

 Santa Rosa, CA – Local Internet Marketer and Entrepreneur Bryan Fikes has collaborated with Clayton Valley Concord Sunrise Rotary Club and their sponsored nationwide Clunkers4Charity/Cars 2nd Chance program to build the Fire Victim Vehicle Donation Program, with an unprecedented 100% of proceeds raised through November 30th directly benefiting the victims of the devastating fires. 

This is the only nationwide vehicle donation program of its kind, and provides a unique opportunity to help support the many fire victims displaced by this recent tragedy. Dave Kemnitz, creator of the first and only Nationwide Car Donation Program through Rotary says “Bad things do happen in the world, but out of these situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Bryan Fikes is doing an extraordinary thing administering the “Help Fire Victims Fund” that is benefiting Sonoma and Napa fire victims.

The time, energy and “out of the box” thinking he has put into this project is incredible! “We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take your Car, Truck, SUV, Boat, RV, heck, even your Plane in as a donation. Anything with A Title!” Fikes said. “This has never been done before for a local community!” At, it is simple to donate any vehicle, from anywhere in the country, even if it is not running. “So, I now have a “vehicle” to help my local friends and families on a national stage. Many people have reached out asking how they can help nation-wide, and this is it,” For more information on the Fire Victim Vehicle Donation project, or to make a donation, visit  http://helpfirevictims. com/car-donation-program/ or call 707-813-9117by November 30th 31st.

Fundraising Hub serves as a fundraising hub for the fire victims, with a large collection of GoFundMe campaigns, housing, and funding options, as well as up-to-date information about the fires and their devastating effects.

Fikes is working hard to maximize every dollar donated, even beyond the cash for cars, so that he can get a 3 to 1 return (at least) on the dollars raised.  Examples so far include donations he’s garnered from Friedman’s Home Improvement offering a “deep discount” along with additional contributions from Wright Contracting and Doss Trucking turning a $300 cash investment into $1200 worth of lumber and materials for the “Sifter” project that gave 300+ individuals a way to sort through the ashes and find valuables.

All locations participating can be seen on the site he created for this project Fikes confirms, “I will use 100% of donated funds (excluding towing & auction fees) to give cash, fund rental deposits direct with property management companies, and help secure housing for those in need. All of this will be recorded and the story told of how your dollars were put to use.

So much devastation

With over 200,000 acres burned, an estimated 5,700 structures destroyed, 75,000 people evacuated, and many more displaced, the needs of the Firestorm victims are considerable and immediate. “This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced,” Governor Jerry Brown said. “The devastation is just unbelievable, it is a horror that no one could have imagined.” The Fire Victim Vehicle Donation Program, among the many other projects and fundraisers at, are a shining example of the strength, resilience, and generosity of this community, and serve as beacons of hope amidst the tragedies.

Fikes knows how fortunate he is to survive what has been dubbed “The Santa Rosa Firestorm”, with his family and possessions unscathed, after being evacuated from his own Santa Rosa home at 4:00 am. Unfortunately, many thousands of residents of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties cannot say the same.  This beast has devastated my area.  Bryan is seeking your help in rebuilding the community.  The needs of his community will only grow as the smoke clears and the damages are truly assessed, and Fikes is committed to raising as much as possible to help those in need.

Help Bryan help them!


Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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