'Holy Water', 'Obama Christmas Card,' 'Potato Peeler': Random Items Santa Rosa Evacuees Grabbed While Escaping the Wildfire - NBC Bay Area
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'Holy Water', 'Obama Christmas Card,' 'Potato Peeler': Random Items Santa Rosa Evacuees Grabbed While Escaping the Wildfire

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    “What is the Most Random Thing You Grabbed When You Evacuated?” Santa Rosa resident Shana Berger Van Cleave asked on Facebook on Oct. 17 at 10:52 a.m. Three days later, the list is still going strong.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 20, 2017)

    “What is the most random thing you grabbed when you evacuated?” Santa Rosa resident Shana Berger Van Cleave asked on Facebook on Oct. 17 at 10:52 a.m, nine days after a deadly wildfire killed burned down tens of thousands of acres, destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least 22 people.

    Three days later, the list is still going strong.

    As of 5 p.m. Friday, the post had more than two thousand comments ranging from everything to every day household items, personal treasures and as the question suggests, just random stuff ("my favorite fork") Santa Rosa residents remembered to take with them during those harrowing last minutes. Some of them came back to see their houses still standing, some didn't.

    NBC Bay Area compiled some of the responses, which range from the mundane ("Kleenex") to emotional ("family Bibles"). They will make you laugh and cry.

    "My four year old took his t-ball trophy <3" — Briana Woods

    “My four year old took his t-ball trophy,” said Briana Woods on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Briana Woods/ Facebook

    "As I unpack, flashing rings, lavender oil, chapstick, mints, this under the bills .. random and I do not remember, as it was 3am Sunday night Monday morning and people we know we're already running for their lives. With a heavy heart, and hopefully a little giggle, I share this. Trying to keep the mood light, and apparently, flashy…" — Gay Bianco-Batte

    “As I unpack, flashing rings, lavender oil, chapstick, mints, this under the bills .. random and I do not remember, as it was 3am Sunday night Monday morning and people we know we're already running for their lives. With a heavy heart, and hopefully a little giggle, I share this. Trying to keep the mood light, and apparently, flashy…” said Gay Bianco-Batte on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Gay Bianco-Batte/ Facebook

    "I grabbed a game of Farkle and butt wipes, you guys. What the heck." — Sari Meline

    “I grabbed a game of Farkle and butt wipes, you guys. What the heck,” said Sari Meline on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Sari Meline/ Facebook

    "My drinking buddy was the only thing that got saved!!" — Poppy Keller Gillaspy

    “My drinking buddy was the only thing that got saved!!" said Poppy Keller Gillaspy on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Poppy Keller Gillaspy/ Facebook

    "A mixed case of my favorite 2000 bottles." — Matthew Alain Paille

    “A mixed case of my favorite 2000 bottles,” said Matthew Alain Paille on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Matthew Alain Paille/ Facebook

    "Long story." — Gina Ehren Swenson

    "Long story," said GIna Ehren Swenson on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Gina Ehren Swenson/ Facebook

    "A book that my great grandfather wrote. I didn't even sense the irony then. We were never actually evacuated though... but I never really added anything to my initial bags that I packed. It put a lot of things into perspective." — Heather Evenson

    “A book that my great grandfather wrote. I didn't even sense the irony then. We were never actually evacuated though... but I never really added anything to my initial bags that I packed. It put a lot of things into perspective.” (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Heather Evenson/ Facebook

    "My brother saved his entire hat collection." — Brittney Campos

    "My brother saved his entire hat collection," said Brittney Campos on the Facebook post.
    Photo credit: Brittney Campos/ Facebook

    "I grabbed a Christmas card I received from Barack Obama - odd, huh?" — Patty Cory

    “I grabbed a Christmas card I received from Barack Obama – odd, huh?” said Patty Cory on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Patty Cory/ Facebook

    "Holy water and rose water (perfume) – blessed and smelling my best!"

    “Holy water and rose water (perfume) – blessed and smelling my best!” said Jennifer Perkins on the Facebook post. (October 19, 2017)
    Photo credit: Jennifer Perkins/ Facebook

    For the complete list, click here.

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