A Broomfield homeless who lost the RV he was living in last week after it went ablaze in a parking lot, got an unexpected Christmas gift on Friday.
Gerald Clause moved from parking lot to parking lot in his RV alongside his dog, Lexus. But the two lost everything after their RV home was destroyed in a fire last Saturday at the Broomfield Home Depot parking lot.
“I couldn’t believe what happened,” said Issam Dechraoui, who has known Clause for the past two years.
Clause used to camp out at the parking lot of the Broomfield IHOP that Dechraoui manages.
After they met, Dechraoui would give Clause food and blankets when it got cold. So when he heard about Clause’s RV, he knew he had to help.
“This guy, he’s amazing,” he said, “he’s one of the cleanest guys you can meet. He does not litter, [leaves] no trash, he’ll help people, he’ll give dog food, gift cards, whatever he has, he gives.”
Dechraoui found a used Winnebago and purchased it for Clause so he could give it to him on Christmas Day. "He went over the top here,” said Clause.
The first responders who helped take out the fire that destroyed Clause’s RV were also there to show their support.
"It’s a great ending to kind of a bad story,” said Scott McCabe of the North Metro Fire District.
Clause plans to move into the RV on Saturday.