Life From the Ashes

For 17 days in November, 2018, until it was contained, the Camp Fire ravaged Butte County and the surrounding areas. It swept through at breathtaking speed, destroying nearly everything in its path. It quickly became the largest wildfire in California history, burning nearly 19,000 structures, killing 85 people and reaching a total square area of nearly 240 square miles. It is the costliest natural disaster in US history, having caused $16.5 billion worth of damage.

On the 6-month anniversary of the fire, a news story noted that over 1,000 people still had no housing. On Facebook Groups, survivors post almost daily about the need for gas, baby formula or car seats, repairs to a trailer. Some things that are needed are things that would seem small to many, but would make a huge difference to people whose lives have been turned upside down.

There are a lot of organizations on the ground. Many have stopped accepting applications for help and most are overwhelmed by the continuing need. Life From the Ashes was formed to join our efforts with theirs to try to alleviate suffering among our fellow Californians.

Our Winter Warmth Event is coming soon.  We’ll be doing a 5-gallon propane tank exchange and giving away socks generously donated by Bombas Sock Company.  Please donate now to help our neighbors stay warm!

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[Life From the Ashes] saved my family’s life. They gave us another chance at life. They provided tools, food, transportation, heat, and furnished my home.My wife and me are both back working…we have a good start and will only go forward. C.G.

Thank you for the backpacks! These were beyond amazing and I know my girls are going to be so excited when they see them! C. B.

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