The destruction a fire or disaster brings to a family’s hopes and dreams is devastating. The lucky ones escape a fire uninjured, only to find all their possessions have been destroyed. They cannot replace their many years of sacrifice and struggle to regain all that was lost. A little comfort in their time of need is so crucial to their survival. Over the holiday season, we wish to shed some light on a few of the organizations that have made a great impact on a few communities so close to home to us here in northern California. In this time of giving, we hope you, our friends, will find it in your hearts to help support those greatly affected.
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The Carr Fire this past summer was literally our back yard. We watched friends get burned out of their homes, we saw people’s lives get turned completely upside down and we lived amongst the poor air quality for weeks. The loss of first responders’ lives hits close to home with our passion for firefighting.
The Camp Fire last month burned in a county just to the south of us. It has a high school in our competitive league, relatives of our friends and also, is a community similar to our hometown. At least 85 people have died (and many more are unaccounted for). According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the blaze covered more than 153,000 acres, destroying nearly 14,000 homes and at least 500 businesses – including schools and hospitals.
We can only imagine that the holiday season will be a tough time for many in the Paradise, Redding and surrounding communities: living in make shift shelters, being separated from family, losing loved ones (including pets), losing jobs, missing school and not having a house to call “home” for the holidays. We have been lucky, as our home has stayed safe during this past fire season; however, we would like to highlight a few organizations that we feel are in need of some extra care, attention and financial assistance during this time of need. Organizations that are all about giving back to their community.
With the holiday season upon us, the hustle and bustle of family dinners and gift giving can sometimes make us forget the little things. There are many who need a little extra support during the holidays, and local groups look upon the community to help in that cause. Let’s be that community. The magic of the holiday season begins with you! Donating may seem like one small gesture, but to someone else, that one gesture could be absolutely life changing.