Church Donations

Creek Fire: Donation center moves from Clovis to Prather, closer to mountain dwellers

CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) – Since the creek fire started forcing people to leave their homes, the Clovis Hills Community Church has been one of the valley’s busiest donation sites.

But the once-full donation bins at Clovis Hills Community Church are now empty.

Essential supplies are in the hands of Creek Fire evacuees.

The Clovis Church donation center has now moved to Ace Hardware in Prather, closer to the families who were affected by the devastating fire. It will serve as a new site where donations will be collected and distributed.

“It’ll be right there, at the base of all these evacuations. Where people’s homes have been burned down,” Beaty said. “It’s just a better place for people in the long run.”

On Friday morning, the church handed over the remaining supplies to the organizers based in Prather.

In a handover ceremony, Pastor Shawn Beaty passed the torch to Justice Jones, a resident of Auberry.

“We got to a point where we can catch our breath – the air is a little bit clean and then we had to take care of our community so we were able to literally get things done,” Jones said.

Work has continued smoothly, only now in the Ace Hardware parking lot, filling boxes with food for people who live in the mountainous areas where the Creek Fire has ravaged.

“We think about the people who lost their homes,” Jones said, “But there is a larger population that has been evacuated and they are returning home after the lack of electricity for the rotten refrigerators. “

Dairy farmers donated a milk truck and JD Food helped transport food from Clovis Hills to the new location. The Sierra Unified School District and the Sierra Foundation will now take responsibility for the collection and distribution of the items.

“What I’ve learned is this ‘cut fence’ metaphor, it’s what we do whenever there is a fight. We all cut the fence and come together as a community of mountain and we are strong together, ”said Sierra Unified Superintendent Alan Harris.

Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig also came to thank the hundreds of volunteers who continue to come forward to help their neighbors in need.

“And I want to thank you for the lives you touched, helping to rebuild their lives and giving them a place to stay when they had no place to go,” Magsig said.

The distribution center will be in the hardware store parking lot for about a week, and then hopefully moved higher into the Shaver area if conditions allow.

“It has been just an honor, and we will continue to work with you and look forward to helping you rebuild. God bless you,” said Pastor Beaty.

Some of the supplies donated by the Clovis Hills Community Church were also sent to a third location, for Creek Fire evacuees housed in the South Valley.

“They have to drive an hour to this distribution center to get things, so we partnered up with Rise Church Visalia,” Beaty said.

The church is also a resource for people who evacuated the SQF Fire Complex. After weeks of seeing the needs of the evacuees, a gift Pastor Shawn recommends: gasoline gift cards.

Another way to give back is to donate directly to the Red Cross. ABC West Coast news stations have teamed up for a Day of Giving, raising over $ 500,000 for evacuated families who still need help and will soon be well.

“They may need temporary housing. They may need permanent housing,” said Cindy Huge of the American Red Cross. “Our social workers work individually with these individuals or families in complete confidentiality to develop their recovery plan.”

The Red Cross is also providing kits for people to sift through the remains of the destruction and help families in the daunting process of putting the pieces back together.

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