In ordinary times, the sight of Mickey Mouse would not evoke an emotional response, but these are not ordinary times. Especially for Kelly Schulken, who found Mickey to be a serious morale booster after losing her home in Coffey Park to the treacherous wildfires.
“It warms my heart,” said Schulken. “I love Mickey Mouse; he’s been my hero since I was eight years old.”
Schulken and her husband were in Arizona at the time of the fire, receiving updates from their home alarm system. By 7 a.m. they realized their house had been lost to fire.
Now, as they search through the remains of where their home once stood, finding pieces of their beloved Mickey Mouse is a reminder of the treasures in their life.
“So I’m 58 now, and any part of that collection I can still have I want,” said Schulken. “They found a few pieces that I’ll be able to salvage.”