An online campaign to raise money for a Hazelton woman who lost everything in a fire last month is winding down.
Marianne Kloeckner’s house and barn in Two Mile went up in flames on May 4. She was able to get out safely along with most of her animals but she didn’t have house insurance. Her son started an online campaign to help raise the $60,000 needed to build a new house for her. The campaign will be closed on June 19. So far, $4,000 has been donated. However, Kloeckner said she has received more.
“There have been people who donated through the United Church and I’ve had money and a lot of things given to me. My friend has also loaned me a truck until I can get some money from ICBC to buy a new one. People have come through in many different ways.”
Someone has recently offered a motor home for Kloeckner to stay in as she rebuilds. She has been staying at her parents since the fire.
“There have been total strangers, and people I just say hi to, it isn’t all close friends that are donating.”
Kloeckner has decided to rebuild on the property because she owns it and it is already serviced. She said she doesn’t have enough money to start rebuilding yet but is hoping to get going in the fall.
She said is she holding up.
“Most of my animals survived, aside from going to work everyday, that keeps me occupied because most of their barns and fences burned. So I have homeless animals too but most are now at my parent’s farm.”
The support from the community has been overwhelming for her but she said she is very appreciative.
Anyone still wishing to donate can do so online until June 19 at
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebuilding-a-home-lost-to-fire or by stopping by the United Church in Hazelton or Bulkley Valley Credit Union in New Hazelton.