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Coat Drive for People Affected by Camp Fire

This is Brendan Sample - I'm a member of Boy Scout Troop 633. I'm a senior at Christian Brothers High School and I am working on my Eagle Scout Project, running a coat and blanket drive for the people who everything in the Camp Fire. I have put out collection boxes in the RMA building and at the Rancho Murieta hotel lobby, and I’ve put up posters in the Raley's Grocery Store and at Go Fore Pizza. I'll be collecting coats and blankets through December 24th, so that we can get them up to people for Christmas.

I need your help to get a pile of coats and blankets to distribute. There is a church  in Paradise (the church still stands, although some associated buildings burned) that is happy to get the coats we collect--I'll just need to take them up when they need them. If you could talk to your neighbors, parents' co-workers, friends, anyone really, and spread the word about the drive, that would be great. I've attached a copy of the flyer that describes the coat drive. We’re looking for new coats and blankets, both for adults and children.

Thank you for the help!

Brendan Sample

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Thank You, Rancho Murieta

Thank you Rancho Murieta--the Christmas Coat Drive to benefit people affected Camp Fire was a huge success, and this community is amazing! While I'm still counting the donated coats and blankets, I can say that the collection box at the Mutieta Inn and Spa had to be emptied multiple times, and the RMA box was filled when I picked it up this morning. I am grateful to everyone who donated...Merry Christmas to all!

Brendan Sample

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Thank You, Rancho Murieta

Driving rain wasn’t enough to keep Paradise residents from Our Divine Savior Catholic Church in Chico on Sunday January 6th. Brendan Sample, a Rancho Murieta resident and high school senior, drove up to Chico to distribute the coats donated by Rancho Murieta residents to benefit people affected by the Camp Fire this past November.

The 1 p.m. service is well attended by the people of St. Thomas More Church in Paradise, which was partially burned down. Former neighbors are now dispersed, but this service gives them a chance to greet one another and catch up on the news. Everyone was enthusiastic about the coats, putting them on immediately in the rain. There were many grateful thanks sent to the people of Murieta for their thoughts and donations.

Some told stories of escaping the fire. One women recounted her harrowing drive through the flames 3 times with her husband, as the fire changed directions around them and burned more and more of the town. “We should have perished” she stated, as she found the perfect grey jacket. “I lost my house. It was so rich in memories…but I just moved into an apartment from a trailer, and I am so happy now.”

As the last people left the church, a man walked up to a volunteer near the door. “I don’t have any food,” he declared, and he and the volunteer turned back into the church to coordinate aid for him.  Even though the Camp Fire is no longer in the news, the survivors still have a long road to recovery ahead of them.

 

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