Fire Destroys All His Belongings, Days Later Learns What Strangers Had Done & Sends Message
FaithTap Staff 7/20/2017
Pastor Steve Orsillo built his family's home from the ground up near Oroville, California, 27 years ago while tending to his congregation and church's needs. It was a project constructed with love, sweat and hard work.
So when that family home burnt to the ground in a horrific wildfire leaving behind nothing salvageable, the family was stunned. Pastor Steve and his wife, Pastor Vicki, attempted to save what they could during the fire, but it swept through the area so fast that they barely made it out themselves.
The family only had 20 minutes before they had to evacuate. So they scrambled to grab precious mementos in that short amount of time.
What broke the family's hearts the most was that their son, 34-year-old Mark, lost something incredibly precious to him. Mark, who has Down Syndrome and OCD, lost a beloved and extensive collection that had brought him sheer joy every day. Now, it was gone.
Mark's sister Danielle Devine rushed into Mark's apartment adjoining the family's home during the destructive fire to help her brother grab what he could and get him out safely. She filled up two bags, but only rescued about 20 DVDs from Mark's impressive collection of 300 movies. Not only was everything destroyed in the fire, but his prized collection had been lost, too.
"DVDs for Mark are everything. He watches them, talks about them, collects them and organizes them, they're his hobby. He is an OCD movie collector and lost hundreds of movies. This is very hard for him."
Knowing it would be difficult if not impossible to replace every single DVD in Mark's collection, Danielle decided to turn to social media. She was counting on the generosity of strangers to help Mark replenish his collection. Danielle wasn't disappointed.
Not long after her plea was made public on Facebook, strangers from across the country responded. They posted the different DVDs that they planned to send to Danielle for Mark, a combination of oldies and goodies like Harry Potter, Kingergarten Cop, and Spider-Man. Danielle, Mark and their parents were floored at people's outpouring of support.
"The response has been incredibly surprising."
In fact, at last count, Mark had received more DVDs from complete strangers than he owned in his original collection, Danielle said. Kindhearted strangers continue to send movies Mark's way and it could even reach 1,000 DVDs soon.
Facebook/Mark on Life
Watch Mark's response when he sees the stack of donated movies just for him.
The family is incredibly grateful that they were all safe and spared physical harm from the wildfire. Steve plans to rebuild their home on the same site. Church members, friends and family have set up a donation page to help the family recover.
Danielle knows firsthand how blessed her family has been with the incredible support shown to them, especially toward Mark. She said he's "the most loving person you'll ever meet." She reminded everyone that there are others who lost their homes and special mementos in the wildfire and that "they need help, too." Prayers go out to those who are recovering from these wildfires and kudos to those who stepped up and helped out Mark and his family.
Source: People FB Image Credit: Facebook/Mark on Life