SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — Months after the devastating Sand Fire cut a swath for destruction in Santa Clarita, many families are still having trouble getting back on their feet.
KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper reports that people gathered Sunday evening for a special night of music and a fundraising concert to help one especially needy family.READ MORE: Río Hondo College Awarded $1M Grant To Help Unhoused Students
It was a night filled with music at the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall, Hopper reported.
Money was raised for an elderly couple who lost everything during the Sand Fire.
“We never thought it would happen to us,” said Jan Sanborn, a world-renowned pianist.
Sanborn, along with her husband, a legendary Hollywood stuntman, lost their home, their clothes, memorabilia and so much more when they just had minutes to evacuate as a wildfire scorched their Canyon Country home in July.
They had built their home from the ground up, even got married there.READ MORE: Orange County Logs 28 More COVID-19 Deaths Wednesday
“When it happened it’s like you are in some sort of a movie that isn’t real,” Jan said.
Four months later they are trying to rebuild their lives with the help of their friends and church.
“Whatever they need. The money is really a token gesture to let her know she doesn’t walk alone,” said Pastor Bill Barnes.
Sanborn’s husband also suffers with Alzheimer’s — and since they lost their house he is now in a home to get better care. Meanwhile, Sanborn says the support from family, friends and the entire community has been overwhelming.
“It’s never easy to start over you don’t even know where to start. But the people who have come around us and supported us and affirmed us have been just amazing. Absolutely miraculous,” said Jan.MORE NEWS: LADWP Offering Rebates Up To $2 Million To Property Owners Who Install Large Water-Conservation Systems