Veteran Donates Everything in His Home to Firefighters Affected By California Wildfires

They're leaving it all behind.

They're leaving it all behind – for a good cause.

Kim Ringeisen and his wife Annette donated pretty much every single thing they owned to firefighters who were in Paradise, California, rescuing neighbors during last month's deadly Camp Fire. Many of firefighters lost their own homes in the deadly blaze.

"You start reflecting everything you have and everything you have going on in your life and you think about what can you do to help the additional firefighters," Ringeisen told

The Ringeisens are moving across the country to North Carolina. Kim is a tech executive and combat veteran with 15 years of search and rescue experience. In the aftermath of the wildfires, he volunteered in search and rescue efforts.

Since the family was getting ready to pack up and leave anyway, the decision to make the donations was a no-brainer.

"We decided that instead of shipping everything we own to North Carolina, we were just gonna take our sentimental things and coordinate donating our furniture and everything. Household goods kitchen and everything to the firefighters. There are about 40 firefighters who lost everything in the Camp Fire," Kim said.

He organized the whole thing, filling a 26-foot truck with the contents of their home.

They are also donating the contents of a storage unit to Goodwill and, through Facebook, Kim also raised about $850 for affected firefighters. Annette makes dolls and donated what was in her store for children's Christmas presents.

Kim pointed out the importance of paying it forward and helping out those who sacrifice so much daily.

"They're out there every day protecting lives and protecting property and doing the best that they can with it and I think we can help them out when needed," Ringeisen said.