Pleasanton residents and local Lions Club members Rick and Joann Lydon recently donated their 36-foot travel trailer to a not-for-profit organization working to rebuild homes destroyed by wildfires the past two summers in Lake County.
The Keystone Montana Big Sky fifth-wheel is already in use in the rural Northern California community, as temporary housing for residents on their property while their homes are being constructed through the efforts of the Hope Crisis Response Network, according to Rick Lydon.
"They're doing some good work up there," Lydon said of the network's "Hope City" project to rebuild 80 houses in southern Lake County.
The Lydons decided they wanted to donate their trailer to a worthy cause earlier this year after logging about seven years of travel memories with it, including visiting all 48 continental United States, he said.
They thought, "Let's give it to someone who's going to get some good use of it," Lydon recalled.
The couple soon honed in on the Lake County fire recovery and with the help of a Lions Clubs International district official, got in touch with the Hope Crisis Response Network.
Rick Lydon delivered the fifth-wheel to Middletown on Aug. 31.
"Your gift provides hope for a hurting family. Thank you for joining with us as we work in this community," network representative Kevin Cox told the Lydons in a thank-you letter after the donation.
The organization has funding in place to construct half of its 80-home goal for homeowners who survived the Valley and Clayton fires but had little to no insurance to rebuild their houses, Cox said.
"This is only possible because of the generosity of people like (the Lydons) and the thousands of volunteers in our network. Together, we can rebuild and restore the lives of those who lost so much," he added in his letter.