In 2018, a devastating wildfire known as “The Camp Fire” ravaged California. The town of Paradise was hit particularly hard, with a staggering 95% of the beautiful city destroyed. The deadliest fire in US history changed the lives of thousands, destroying their homes and businesses and forcing them to flee to safety. Woody Faircloth, a dad from Colorado, refused to sit by while others suffered in the wake of the wildfire. Woody and his daughter hatched a plan, and years later, they continue to provide both shelter and hope to those who need it most.
“I turned to Luna, who was 6 at the time — she had no front teeth — and I said, ‘Luna,’ you know, ‘why don’t we get an RV and we’ll drive it to California and give it to a family so they’ll have a place to call home for Thanksgiving?'” Woody told CBS.
To which Luna adorably responded, “Dad, God and Santa Claus are gonna be very proud of us.”
And so, their mission began. Hopeful but uncertain about how complete strangers would respond, Woody spread the word. He set out to find donors, people willing to part with their RVs in order to help their fellow humans. To Woody and Luna’s shock and delight, the public response was overwhelming.
Strangers across the country stepped up, volunteering both their RVs and their efforts to the honorable cause. Now nine years old, Luna has joined her dad to deliver more than 20 RVs so far – most of which went to firefighters and other first responders whose homes burned as they heroically worked to control the flames.
The father-daughter duo maintains contact with many of the families whose lives they changed, their passion for the cause constantly reignited by the families’ gratitude. Woody and Luna know that for every family they’ve helped, there are countless more who still need them.
“It’s been really special for the two of us just to be able to spend that time together and to make a difference,” Woody reflected. “Just so she knows that it’s not just about her and it’s not just about me, it’s about the people that we’re helping, and, you know, we’re blessed.”
To donate to Woody and Luna’s tireless efforts or to learn more, visit their website.