Help This Family Devastated By Fire Before Christmas

img_9806One of the families we are sponsoring this season recently survived a horrific fire that destroyed their trailer home and their only vehicle / means of transportation. This family was nominated to us by City Mission of Las Vegas, an organization that helps some of the neediest in the city.  We accepted the family into our program for 2016 and assigned them a sponsor who was excited to help make their Christmas special this year.  Shortly after, our partner at City Mission called with the horrible news, sending us photos and details about the horrible blaze. 

This family is being sponsored by Brett Beanan and his daughter Caitlin, who are new to A.A.O.K. this season.  They heard about us through a friend or co-worker and decided to sponsor not one, but two families in our program.   When talking to Brett, he explained that each of his two children would be responsible for sponsoring one of the two families in need.  In this case, Caitlin was assigned to the Burnett family, the victims of this fire.  Caitlin has been helping not only sponsor this family herself, but coordinating the efforts of all the other amazing people throughout the city that want to do something nice for the Burnett family.  We will take food, blankets, used items, new items, donated services, etc…as they have just lost everything. If you can help us provide an extra special Christmas to the Burnett family in ANY WAY, please let us know.   If you’d like to get involved please contact Caitlin via email at 

Below is the original (humble) list of items on their Christmas wish list before the fire.  As you can see, there are 5 children in this family ranging from age 6 – 14.   We’re super excited to bring them everything they asked for…and much more.


Caitlin is compiling a list of items received so that anyone who wants to contribute can check the list to see what we’ve already obtained.  You can view that list here:

click here to view the list of purchase items

  • last updated 12/18/16.


We’ve setup a GoFundMe campaign to help this family even further.  The Burnett family lost their only means of transportation, so we thought it would be nice to get them started towards purchasing a used vehicle.  If we can’t raise enough for that, we can certainly put it towards their rent, food or towards anything else they may need.  If you’d like to help, you can donate via the link below.  Every little bit helps.  If you can’t donate, you can help us and them greatly by simply sharing this campaign with your network:

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Happy Holidays!

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