Last month, we watched in horror as our neighbors in Northern California experienced the most devastating wild fire in California history. Nearly 14,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and though some people have found temporary housing with family or friends, many thousands have been staying in shelters, which are beginning to close and force people into more temporary situations.
Although St. Nicholas, the Episcopal church in Paradise, survived the fire, the priest and most parishioners lost their homes in the fire, scattering the community to cities in California as well as other states.
Churches in the Diocese of Oregon are planning specific opportunities to donate much-needed money and gift cards for the recovery process:
- All Saints, Portland is coordinating donations of money and gift cards that their rector, the Rev. Andria Skornik, will deliver to the parish of St. Nicholas
- St. John the Baptist, Portland will donate the proceeds from the Sing-along Messiah Concert this Sunday (click here for event details)
- Grace, Astoria sent a portion of the proceeds from their holiday bazaar to the St. Nicholas rector’s discretionary fund
You can learn more supporting the recovery efforts of the Diocese of Northern California and Episcopal Relief and Development on the Diocese of Northern California website and through the Facebook page for the new Episcopal Church Camp Fire Recovery Team.