People Helping Paradise
The Camp Fire in Butte County has devastated the lives of many. The Camp Fire started on November 8, 2018 at 6:33 am in the small community of Pulga, CA. It spread quickly and destroyed the towns of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, and many other small communities. The Camp Fire was finally at 100% containment on November 25, 2018. It burned over 153,000 acres. It displaced 52,000 people. It destroyed over 19,000 buildings - homes, commercial buildings, etc. There have been 85 fatalities. This has become the most deadly and destructive fire in California History.
We, Heather, Eileen, and Kara, are from Paradise, but have relocated to Novato, Chicago, and Chico since high school. Paradise was filled with our family and close friends. Our hearts ache to see our hometown in ruins, to see those that we love and care for left without homes, to see people struggling. It's been hard not being able to be there in person to help and we want to make an impact to help those in need.
We are collecting gift cards for the victims. We are looking for gift cards in $25 increments. They can be to anywhere from Target to Walmart to gas stations to any place that fire victims can buy food/clothes/supplies. We want to help those affected feel empowered and regain control of their lives. We will make sure they get to families in need by donating them to Salvation Army in Chico, CA and the Chico Posse Foundation. Salvation Army is in it for the long haul and will distribute the gift cards to families in need during long-term recovery. The Chico Posse Foundation is currently distributing gift cards to families affected by the Camp Fire helping with immediate needs by giving them a hand up.
You can send gift cards electronically to email@example.com or if you're more comfortable donating money through our Go Fund Me, we will purchase and distribute the gift cards with those funds. As the funds are deposited into our account, we will buy gift cards in $25 increments to places like Target, FoodMaxx, Winco, Walmart, Rite Aid, etc. As we purchase the gift cards and deliver the gift cards, we will let you know exactly what we are doing with your generous donations each step of the way. Here is our Facebook page for updates and details: www.facebook.com/peoplehelpingparadise/
Thank you in advance for your generosity and please share widely! Even the smallest amount can help. <3
Organized by former Paradise residents:
Heather Lund (Canney), Eileen Canney Linnehan, and Kara Williams (Dobbs)
We reached out to them again after seeing this post (please read below) and asked if they had any suggestions on how best to distribute future gift cards. Salvation Army is doing a great job with providing support to families in the short and long term. They have an amazing Donation Center (1100 Marauder St. in Chico near the airport) for families to "shop" for clothes, food, toiletries, and more for free. They have distributed some of the gift cards we've donated, but are holding onto many of the gift cards for what is going to be a long recovery. Unfortunately, there is still a desperate need for immediate care and many families that need funds right now for food, gas, and more.
So upon the recommendation of North Valley Community Foundation, we've decided to donate our next batch of gift cards to Chico Posse Foundation to distribute to families in need. We'd love for this next donation to be as big (bigger?) as our donations have been in the past! Please consider donating and/or sharing this information!
Thank you for your continued support and love!
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Heather & Kara
P.S. Go Fund Me would only let me post three photos. Please click on the following link to see more photos!
Sophie, Zoe, Samantha, Hailey, and Jeremy just donated $750 in Amazon gift cards to help those affected by the Camp Fire. They worked tirelessly for over a year to raise these donations, including asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts last year, having bake sales, walking dogs, washing cars, etc. They were initially collecting to donate to an animal shelter, but when they heard this money could help fire victims get back on their feet, they jumped at the opportunity.
I am so incredibly proud of these kids! I feel lucky to know them and to be a teacher at their school! Our future will be bright with kids like these in the world!
Check out a video of the amazing kids here: