With their wedding just days away, Jaclynn Mitchell and Roy Miller wondered Tuesday how they were going to replace all the decorations and favors destroyed by the Boles Fire in Weed.
But by Wednesday, the couple and their family were fielding calls from people — many of them strangers — who offered to provide them with everything from table decorations to champagne.
“The support is overwhelming. It’s just going to make me cry. Every time I get another phone number I cry,” said Renee McMurrow, Mitchell’s mother.
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When the Boles Fire ripped through Weed on Monday afternoon destroying some 100 homes, it also reduced the couple’s home to rubble and incinerated many of their wedding decorations. They also lost the sodas, beer and wine and gifts for the wedding party.
Miller said when he saw the fire spreading through the community he drove home and quickly snatched up the most important items for the wedding: the wedding rings and Mitchell’s white wedding dress.
Gwen Edwardson, a wedding planner hired by Mitchell and Miller, said North State residents and business owners contacted her Wednesday and offered to help the couple after they read a story about them in the Record Searchlight.
She said businesses she works with have offered to help and former customers have offered support. Gaia Hotel in Anderson offered to provide their room for free, the Knot wedding planning website is providing free water and TBS Ranch in Palo Cedro also offered assistance, he said.
“I’m very impressed,” Edwardson said of the support for the couple.
Jim Lundquist of Palo Cedro said he had more than a case of champagne left over from his son’s wedding in July.
“It was a need that I could meet, and so I jumped on it,” Lundquist said.
Melissa Poulsen of Redding said she got married last year and wanted to offer decorations used in her wedding. She had signs, including one that says “Happily ever after starts here,” that she wanted Mitchell to have.
Months before her own wedding, Poulsen saved and collected empty food jars that held spaghetti sauce, pickles and other food items. She adorned them with lace, ribbons and beads then placed candles in them to use as table decorations.
Poulsen didn’t need them anymore, so she offered them to Mitchell, who was delighted because the jars matched her wedding colors.
“I was just honestly touched by her story. I had tears. I think it’s amazing they’re going forward,” Poulsen said. “You gotta help people in need.”
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