Student and Family Fire Relief

My name is Cynthia Dore, and I am a middle school teacher in Santa Paula, California where recent wildfires have devastated residents throughout the county.

On the evening on Monday, December 3, the Thomas Fire engulfed the hills north of Santa Paula before continuing its wrath toward the neighboring city of Ventura. Along its path of utter destruction, the fire consumed Wheeler Canyon Mobile Home Park, once home to many students and families of our rural school district.

The families of our beloved district have become extended family. Over the years, they have shown their support in all ways possible from the academics: partnerships, volunteering, fundraising, and rushing from a long day’s work to participate in evening college readiness programs; to the personal: noticing your favorites, remembering your baby’s birthday, stopping to chat about family while running weekend errands, and sending you homemade meals to thank you for the time their child forgot their lunch and you quickly gave yours away.

Today, it is our turn to show these families our love and support. The outpouring of compassion for all those affected by the Thomas Fire has been overwhelming. Donations to this campaign will help pay for essentials, medical and personal expenses, other necessities, and hopefully bring some much needed holiday cheer.

Given that this campaign has been established for the 11 families (please see update) of Wheeler Canyon Mobile Home Park, on behalf of the beneficiaries, I will be responsible for withdrawing the funds. All funds will then be distributed directly and equally among the 11 families (please see update) affected. Your contribution will be received with heartfelt appreciation for your support comes at a time when all our families have is one another.

Thank you,
Middle School Teacher
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