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Close to Home CHICO STATE STUDENT STEPS UP TO HELP VICTIMS OF CAMP FIRE

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Amanda Vick

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hen tragedy hits close to home, most people feel helpless. How can they possibly help? Just ask Arden Park resident Amanda Vick, a senior at California State University, Chico, who was a few miles away when the deadliest and most destructive wildlife in California history hit Butte County in November. Vick left Chico to escape the dangers of the Camp Fire, which (at press time) killed more than 80 people (with hundreds missing), destroyed the town of Paradise, leveled nearly 12,000 homes and structures, and displaced tens of thousands of Butte County residents. Reaching out to Sacramento neighbors, friends and family through social media, Vick said, “I am now calling on the help of all of my hometown community members to donate supplies for the evacuees.” Vick asked the community to drop off donations on her front porch in Arden Park, where her family has lived for 22 years—and people did exactly that. “I am overwhelmed and overjoyed with the donations we’ve received,” says Vick. The first load of provisions to the disaster area filled two truck beds and a trailer. Now, with such an outpouring of supplies from all over Northern California, evacuation center officials are requesting monetary donations and gift cards. Donations may be made through Caring Choices at caring-choices.org, North Valley Community Foundation at nvcf.org, Salvation Army at www. salvationarmyusa.org or the American Red Cross at redcross.org. “It’s not over,” Vick notes. “People are still going to need help.” Bringing the community together to help those in need comes naturally to Vick, who will graduate next May with a degree in organizational communications and marketing. “I like to keep people connected—especially the communities that we all live and prosper in,” she says. “I felt it was important to be the center of where people can help, because I have the connection back to where everything is happening. It was my turn to get everyone connected in order to make a difference.” Cathryn Rakich can be reached at crakich@ surewest.net. n

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