This Christmas, thousands of families across California will face the holidays without their homes. Displaced by the wildfires that devastated entire communities, these families are living in temporary homes, with relatives, or in shelters. It may be years before they can move into a house they can call a home.
I understand their grief. On November 9th, the Woolsey wildfire tore through my community of Malibou Lake. My home was one of 30 destroyed. It was an old cabin, built in 1930, without air conditioning, and heated only by a stone fireplace, but it was my home. The fire took everything I owned—notebooks, photographs, my father’s ashes—things that were priceless, and impossible to replace. The flames also claimed nearly all the copies of my Christmas book, “The Girl Who Saved Christmas”, by William Thomas Thach.
However, we have made a video version of the book, and are offering it here, absolutely free, so that you and your family can enjoy the story this Christmas.
Please share it with whomever you like. And if you enjoy it, we ask that you please make a donation in any amount you can. 100% of all donations will go to the American Red Cross to help provide a brighter Christmas for those in need. If you are unable to donate, feel free to share the story online with family and friends. I hope that it brings joy to many this season.
My thanks to all of you, and especially to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region for their tireless work to help the many affected by this tragedy.
With sincere gratitude,
William Thomas Thach