Father-daughter team provides RVs for people who lost their homes in California wildfires

Woody Faircloth and his 9-year-old daughter Luna are getting used to life on the road. Over the past three years, they have taken special trips from Colorado to deliver RVs to families who have lost their homes in California wildfires.

It’s a mission they started after watching the 2018 murderer news Campfire.

“I turned to Luna, who was 6 at the time – she had no front teeth – and I said ‘Luna’, you know, ‘why don’t you take a motorhome and we drive it to California and give it to a family to have a place to call home for Thanksgiving? ‘”Faircloth told” CBS Mornings “contributor Jamie Wax.

“I said, ‘Daddy, God and Santa are going to be very proud of us,’” Luna said.

Faircloth started looking for RV donors and was amazed at the number of people who wanted to help with unwanted RVs or their time.

“We have volunteers all over the country who have helped us,” he said. “We have people right now who are answering emails and processing paperwork for these donations. I mean, just put up your hand and say, ‘Hey, I’d like to help.'”

Dad and daughter have personally delivered around 20 RVs to people in need – mostly firefighters, first responders, and veterans – and he helped organize around 100 donations in all.

But it was also an opportunity to teach his daughter. Everywhere in their travels reminders of the cost of these fires are present and they have developed a stronger bond.

“It’s been really special for both of us just to be able to spend this time together and make a difference, just so that she knows it’s not just about her and it’s not just about me, it’s about the people we’re helping, and, you know, we’re blessed, ”Faircloth said.

CBS News joined them on a trip from Denver to Redding, California.

They were there to deliver a new home to Don George, a firefighter who lost almost everything when his own home burned down in the Fire fawn last September while helping save other people’s homes.

“I went to see the team and I was like, ‘Hey, I have to go check my house,’ and it was already too late,” said George. “My son said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you,’ but he couldn’t even speak. He didn’t know how to say it.

George has been fighting fires for almost 50 years. He used to be the saver. His role changed when the Faircloths arrived.

When Wax visited George a few weeks later, he had received a second RV offered so that his adult sons who lived with their parents could also have a place to live.

“All I can say is thank God for Woody,” George told Wax. “You can’t ask for a better man. He came just at the right time for me, renewed my faith in humanity. Man, if there were more people like that, we would have a beautiful world.”

Faircloth said he felt these families were “part of our family now”.

“We keep in touch, we hear their stories and share their successes,” he said.

And the experience also helped a little girl to become wise beyond her years.

“I made a really big change in the world for a lot of people,” Luna said when asked what makes her proud. She added that she wanted children and adults to do the same.

His advice to get there?

“Just be kinder to each other. “