SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (KGO) -- A North Bay family that's been through a difficult past few months had a reason to smile Saturday. They have a new temporary home, just in time for Christmas.
The holiday season has been tough for the Swan family. Kira, Cody, and their identical triplet daughters lost their Redwood Valley home in October's Redwood Complex Fire.
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They have struggled to find a place to live since. Rents are high and housing is competitive. "It doesn't feel like Christmas," said Kira. "I haven't wanted to listen to any Christmas music. I'm not in the Christmas mood. And it sucks because my husband loves Christmas and now we just want it to be over."
Just in time for Christmas, help came. A 32-foot RV was donated to the family through "RVs Without Borders." The program pairs trailers with displaced families.
"It's more of a relief, said Kira. "I feel like we're actually going to be able to relax. And not have to worry about, OK, what's the backup plan."
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Kimberly Carr with RV's Without Borders explains the goal is to help the short-term housing shortage and allow fire victims to stay in their communities. "They need to have some place that they can call their own," she said. "So they can rest their nervous system and start to establish their new normal."
Carr says it's also up to residents who didn't lose homes to offer their driveway. Many fire victims can't park on their lots because of all the toxic debris.
"Those who have undamaged homes can play a very very important role in helping the economic recovery by either helping a contractor or displaced resident," she said.
The Swans will park in a family member's yard so their daughters can sleep in a bedroom inside the home. Their goal now is to save up for a new house.
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RV's donated to North Bay fire victims