LAS VEGAS, NM (KRQE) — Many New Mexicans are still struggling to get back on their feet after the Hermits Peak Calf Canyon fire, but a nonprofit is helping by providing a family with a place to stay while they clean up the broken pieces .
Fire and flooding has ravaged northern New Mexico, and now many are preparing for this winter and the snow that will soon follow. Families have lost everything including Ernestina Martinez who lost the house her father built her 50 years ago.
“This house meant a lot to me, my father built it 50 years ago with his bare hands, with nothing but a chainsaw, hammers and nails.”
Shortly after the fires, the floods destroyed what they were trying to rebuild. “We got floods that ruined the watershed, so now the well is contaminated,” Martinez said.
A nonprofit in Colorado heard about the struggles Martinez and others were facing from the fires and stepped in to help. “We realized pretty quickly that this was a great solution for people who lost everything and just need a place to rest their head until they get back on their feet,” said Woody Faircloth.
Woody Faircloth is the founder of Emergency RV and has helped people across the United States affected by natural disasters
People donate RVs or campers in good condition, and in return he provides housing for someone in need, including those going to New Mexico, where Martinez and her family queue up to stay in the donated RV or a similar RV.
“A couple in Grand Junction, Colorado saw an article about our work on the news. And they kind of looked at each other and said, “Honey, we’ve got this nice fifth wheel motor home right here in the yard, it’s fully furnished and would really serve a family.”
It means a world of difference. “We would have a place to stay until we start building again or we decide what we’re going to do,” Martinez said.
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