Andras Outfitters in Almeda Fire
Last week it was Frank & Jeanne Moore, this week we have word from our friends, Jim & Rachel Andras, andrasoutfitters.com, Talent, OR, who narrowly escaped the wildfires while 40% of the homes in their school district were lost. Families are taking shelter in the local elementary school and no one knows how long it will be before these families are in homes again.
Jim and Rachel are directly involved in helping local fishing guides replace gear and raise funds for their neighbors and community. If you know these folks, you know they are salt of the earth good people and their community needs help. You can be sure that every dollar donated will go directly to their community and we are asking you to please consider sending a donation.
You can donate online through https://www.phoenix.k12.or.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2631 or mail checks to address shown.
Here's an email from Jim & Rachel with more info. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Dear Friends and Family,
Our hearts are broken yet we physically feel our hearts growing bigger. Growing as better humans and a stronger community. I can feel it.
I’ll start by sharing we are OK. Our house is standing unharmed. James and Brechin are doing well. We are the lucky ones. We are so incredibly grateful for all the texts, calls, emails, and love sent our way these last few weeks. Thank you! We feel incredibility loved.
On Tuesday September 8th, over 2500 homes were lost in the Almeda Fire. It was terrifying! I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the BRAVE Police offices, Fire Fighters, Pilots, and others who saved so many lives.
Eighty percent of our Phoenix/Talent School District where James and Brechin attend evacuated and forty percent of their homes were lost. With an already shortage of affordable housing, this makes our challenges ahead even harder. Yet our community is worth rebuilding. Leaders are currently trying to bring back all the families to our towns so we can support them. Yesterday they opened up Phoenix Elementary as a shelter for families. They need familiar, safety, and a space to Be.
Many of you have asked how you can help. As we do our part in rebuilding hope in our community here are some opportunities for you to participate. Thank you in advance.
1. Phoenix Talent School District has a Relief Fund for families.
· Women’s Waders Size Medium
· Women’s Wading Boots women’s size 11
· Women’s Rain jacket Medium
· She is mostly a trout angler so whatever else you want to give her
· XL Mens Waders, Rainjacket, Fleece jackets, (I don’t have his shoes size but can get it).
· A longtime angler, guide, fly tying instructor lost all his rods, reels, and gear.
4. To help the Andras Family directly please SHARE THIS EMAIL and encourage your friends and family to Follow us on Instagram @flyfishing4health and @andrasoutfitters and Facebook Rachel Connery Andras. Thank you!
We welcome any connections to help our local communities and families. This is a long road ahead so if you or your company would like to put together some ideas please let me know.
Much love and good health,
Jim and Rachel Andras
East Africa Safari
July 25-August 8, 2021
We're very excited about returning to Kenya and Tanzania in 2021. After many years of hosting Africa safaris we have hand-picked what we feel are the best lodges for viewing all of the amazing animals of Africa, for the best chance of seeing the annual migration, and the camps and lodges that best deliver a unique Africa experience, including everything from a Hemingway-style tent camp (think Out of Africa with amenities) to the architecturally spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, not to mention others.
Look carefully at the itinerary and don't miss the gallery at the end of the link. It truly is a trip of a lifetime and we would love to share it with you.
Joan at 94
Wonder what Joan Wulff is doing these days? Well, she recently appeared on CBS This Morning which talks about the birthplace of American fly fishing, the movie, Peter Kaminsky, and the Queen of American Fly Fishing, Joan Wulff. Way to go, Joan!! We love you.