Camp Fire Update: Nov. 15, 2018

Camp Fire Update: Nov. 15, 2018

The Diocesan Disaster Response Team in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development met this morning for our daily briefing. Rev. Ann Sullivan, St. Nicholas, Paradise, and Rev. Richard Yale, St. John's, Chico, extended their sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of prayers and support from the diocese and the wider church. 

What is happening at the church? St. John's, Chico, has graciously made space for St. Nicholas to set up a temporary office, and has invited them to worship on Sundays. St. John's is assisting neighboring East Avenue Church with the shelter there, providing meals and volunteer assistance as requested. 

Additionally, about 30 members of Team Rubicon, a non-profit disaster response organization made up of military veterans, will be in Chico to provide relief and will be housed at St. John's starting this week. If volunteer assistance is needed, we will alert the diocese as necessary. Please do not call St. John's or Rev. Yale directly, as they are inundated at this time. 

What can you do to help? In addition to your prayers, at this time monetary donations and gift cards are the most helpful. As we learned during the ERD presentation at Diocesan Convention, monetary and gift card donations give personal agency to those in critical need, at a time where they do not have control of the disaster around them. If there is a request for specific material donations, or if teams of volunteers are needed, we will communicate that out to the wider diocese.

We encourage the collection of gift cards at church this Sunday. The types of gift cards needed are:

- Walmart
- Target
- Raley's
- Safeway
- Chevron
- Shell
- Amazon

You can mail the gift cards directly to St. John's Episcopal Church in Chico, who will coordinate distribution.  

St. John's Episcopal Church
c/o The Very Rev. Richard Yale
2341 Floral Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

To donate to the diocesan disaster fund: 100% of your donation will go directly to assist victims in the first stage of the disaster and later during long term recovery.  
 
Donate here: norcalepiscopal.org/disaster-relief

Want to send a check?  Make checks out to EDNC, with "Disaster Relief" in the memo line.

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California 
350 University Avenue, Suite 280 
Sacramento, CA 95825

Please visit Cal Fire for official fire updates.


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