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People Helping Paradise

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Raised by 179 people in 3 months
Created November 10, 2018

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 peoplehelpingparadise@gmail.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)

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People are still struggling so much after the horrific Camp Fire. There is still such a huge need for support. We would love to be able to make another donation of gift cards to help the survivors. Please consider donating and/or sharing. Our hearts continue to break for all those affected. Thank you.

❤️ Heather

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/14/685137701/in-the-aftermath-of-the-camp-fire-a-slow-simmering-crisis-in-nearby-chico
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As we close out 2018, I want to thank all of our amazing and generous supporters. Thanks to all of you, we have been able to donate almost $22,000 in gift cards to Camp Fire survivors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We appreciate you so very much. <3

With love,
Heather, Eileen, and Kara
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We went up to Paradise yesterday for the first time after the fire. What a sad, strange, surreal experience. It was heartbreaking to see so many homes of our loved ones and so many others burned to the ground. It looked nothing like our hometown that we love so dearly. However, it was hopeful to see the green emerging from the ashes. There is hope that our sweet town will be able to come back stronger than before.

After the difficult morning in Paradise yesterday, we were so grateful to turn it around by donating gift cards this morning. Thanks to your generous donations we were able to donate $2,795 in gift cards to the Chico Posse Foundation. We're happy to be able to donate the gift cards to this group so they can immediately get them into the hands of the Camp Fire survivors.

We hope to be able to gather more donations to be able to donate even more gift cards. There is still a great need for gas cards, Visa cards, and grocery cards. People are having to travel quite far to get to wherever they've found a home to get to work and school. The cost of gas is eating into their living expenses. Please consider donating and/or sharing this post.

*** Update - the Posse Foundation is now out of gift cards. :( We're so sorry that this post caused a big surge in requests and depleted their stock of gift cards. The need is very real. Please consider donating. Thank you! <3

Thanks for all of your support and love! <3

-Heather <3
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A HUGE thank you to Marin Lutheran Church for your generous donation of $250 in gift cards from your Angel Tree Donation during this holiday season. We appreciate your support for the people of Paradise! <3
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Raised by 179 people in 3 months
Created November 10, 2018
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