Valley Fire Samaritans Salvage

Valley Fire Samaritans Salvage

by the Rev. Donald Callison, Deacon, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Napa

This summer’s wild land fire in Lake County, called the Valley Fire, laid to waste entire neighborhoods, and impacted thousands of lives. The fire acted without discretion, as it destroyed home after home, while leaving others nearby unscathed. Lake County, one of the poorest in California, will need a lot of help to recover. In some cases, many who have always called this area home will not be able to return, as low income housing will more than likely be the last need met.

During recovery efforts, Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian-based disaster response organization mobilized their resources and gathered volunteers to help residents comb through the rubble to try and salvage anything that the fire spared. Diane and Pete Dexter, parishioners from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Napa volunteered to help in this recovery effort. Pete writes, "It was quite an eye-opening and moving experience to sift through the ashes of houses where there were once neighborhoods."

The need will continue for the months and years ahead. I hope that our faith community continues to respond with the care and compassion that Pete and Diane modeled for us.


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