Christmas is different this year for people affected by the Black Forest fire
Christmas is different for Black Forest fire victims this year. People affected by the fire lost their homes, businesses and other possessions to this summer's fire, but six months later they gathered to remember more than what they lost.
John Hartley lost his home in the Black Forest fire. Even though Christmas is different, he's thankful not all was lost.
"We still have our family and friends," Hartley said.
Frank Robertson made angels for Hartley and ten other members of the Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild who lost their homes in the fire.
He said he sculpted the angels because it's a sign of hope.
"These people lost their homes, I mean completely lost them," Robertson said.
Hartley knows it's going to be a long road before his life gets back to normal, but he is looking forward to the future.
"We're rebuilding our property, it's going to help our bee business, building it back up," Hartley said.
Members of the Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild hosted the dinner.
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