On June 30th, 2013 the town of Prescott, AZ was shook to its core with the loss of 19 of their very own hometown heroes, the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. As some of the United States’ most elite firefighters, this crew had been sent in to fight a wild fire that had been blazing through and destroying the small Arizona town of Yarnell. As tragedy hit and the winds changed, despite their efforts, this highly trained crew became trapped amongst the blaze and all 19 of these young men lost their lives. These heroes left behind their families as well as an incredibly loving and supportive community.
I recently moved to Bend, OR from my hometown of Prescott on June 29th and started my career with Nashelle the following Monday, July 1st. Having been very close friends with a few of these young men, it was such a struggle being so far from home during this time of heartbreak. I needed to find a way to help my community without physically being in Prescott, so I turned to Nashelle’s founder and lead designer, Heather Straw. Knowing that Heather is such a wonderfully giving and compassionate woman who is constantly going above and beyond to help those in need, I brought up the idea of doing a piece where an amount of the proceeds could be donated to the families affected by the Prescott tragedy. HOLY MOLY! Within 24 hours, Nashelle had far exceeded any amount of generosity I could have expected. They had designed a piece where 100% of the net proceeds would be donated to United Way to go directly to the families of the lost men. 100%! It was at that moment that I knew how truly blessed I was to be a part of what I like to call the “Nashelle family”.
Now, two months later, not only do I have a beautiful necklace to wear and keep my friends’ memory close to my heart, but I am beyond excited to announce that as a company we were able to donate $1,915.73 to the families of these fallen heroes. The support that I was shown by people who had never even met my community was so much more than I could have ever asked for!
In loving memory of my dear friends Robert & Clayton
Retail Employee, Nashelle in the Old Mill District
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