Gilroy couple empties home, donates everything to firefighters


OROVILLE (CNN) — A California man is giving his all — literally. 

Him and his wife have donated everything in their home to support firefighters who lose their homes in deadly wildfires. 

“So basically loaded up the 26-foot truck last night with my wife until midnight,” said Kim Ringeisen. 

Kim Ringeisen is counting down the days in California. 

“Everything we had in our kitchen is in these boxes.”

The combat veteran from Gilroy is packing up to start a new chapter. 

“And then we move over into the bedroom area.”

Home essentials are all packed. 

The furniture, electronics — enough to fill every room. 

“I was searching about 100 homes in Paradise.”

15 years of search and rescue experience put to use following the Camp Fire. 

After watching the story of a firefighter losing his home in Paradise…

“I was looking for a firefighter with a family that I could donate to and then I came onto your site.”

Kim and his wife emptied their home in a show of compassion. 

“This is all the stuff we’ve donated and including dolls that my wife makes. These are handmade dolls.”

Connecting with a fire department in Oroville and giving away everything that could fit in a 26-foot storage truck. 

“We want to turnkey everybody back up in their lives so they can put this behind them and move forward.”

An act of generosity helping dozens of firefighters who’ve lost their homes. 

“We didn’t lose something to a fire very abruptly. So for us, I think it’s good that if we can donate everything we have, we’ll start over. They’re starting over. So it’s going to be a pretty good thing. A good memory for us in how we helped.”

Moving out of California with his home empty, but heart full. 



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