Caldor Fire survivors receive financial assistance, support services

Hundreds of Caldor Fire survivors attended an event Saturday night, where they received financial assistance and got connected with support service organizations.The event took place at the Food Bank of El Dorado County in Cameron Park. Caldor Fire survivors who registered for the event received financial support in the form of gift cards. Mike Sproull, executive director of the El Dorado County Food Bank, said they had previously raised $ 80,000, which was matched by the El Dorado Community Foundation. $ 160,000 total is being donated to roughly 250 families. Those who were registered, but could not make the event, will get the financial assistance soon.Around 20 service organization were also in attendance, including mental health and legal services. They offered their resources to the Caldor Fire survivors, as well. “The goal of today’s event is to bring all the fire survivors together, to show them that the community really cares about them,” Sproull said. Aug. 14, 2021, burned more than 221,835 acres and actively burned for over two months, according to Cal Fire. Communities, such as Grizzly Flats, were destroyed in the fire. | VIDEO BELOW | Dog lost in Caldor Fire rescued in snowy South Lake TahoeTabatha Walker, who had a home in Grizzly Flats, told KCRA 3 that she and her family lost everything in the fire. “It’s a horrible thing to go through and I re-live it daily, but it’s the past and we’re moving forward and we’re getting ready to rebuild and we’re a strong community, we’ll get through this together, ”Walker said.Tobe Magidson, who also lost his Grizzly Flats home in the Caldor Fire, said the show of support is giving him hope for the future. “It means a lot to us. Sometimes we feel like we ge t forgotten, ”Magidson said. “We’re going to rebuild. It’s going to be a tough, slow process for us. But when you’re from Grizzly, you have a toughness.” While the past several months of recovery have been tough, El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor George Turnboo said he is trying to make things as smooth as possible. Turnboo said.There is also a new Emergency Disaster Center in the works in El Dorado County It will be located right next to the Food Bank of El Dorado County Turnboo told KCRA 3 it will house items such as water tanks and cots, to make sure the community is better prepared for future emergencies. | VIDEO BELOW | Caldor Fire survivors are being gifted homemade quilts from people across the nation

Hundreds of Caldor Fire survivors attended an event Saturday night, where they received financial assistance and got connected with support service organizations.

The event took place at the Food Bank of El Dorado County in Cameron Park. Caldor Fire survivors who registered for the event received financial support in the form of gift cards. Mike Sproull, executive director of the El Dorado County Food Bank, said they had previously raised $ 80,000, which was matched by the El Dorado Community Foundation. $ 160,000 total is being donated to roughly 250 families. Those who were registered, but could not make the event, will get the financial assistance soon.

Around 20 service organizations were also in attendance, including mental health and legal services. They offered their resources to the Caldor Fire survivors, as well.

“The goal of today’s event is to bring all the fire survivors together, to show them that the community really cares about them,” Sproull said.

The Caldor Fire, which started on Aug. 14, 2021, burned more than 221,835 acres and actively burned for over two months, according to Cal Fire. Communities, such as Grizzly Flats, were destroyed in the fire.

| VIDEO BELOW | Dog lost in Caldor Fire rescued in snowy South Lake Tahoe

Tabatha Walker, who had a home in Grizzly Flats, told KCRA 3 that she and her family lost everything in the fire.

“It’s a horrible thing to go through and I re-live it daily, but it’s the past and we’re moving forward and we’re getting ready to rebuild and we’re a strong community, we’ll get through this together, Walker said.

Tobe Magidson, who also lost his Grizzly Flats home in the Caldor Fire, said the show of support is giving him hope for the future.

“It means a lot to us. Sometimes we feel like we get forgotten,” Magidson said. “We’re going to rebuild. It’s going to be a tough, slow process for us. But when you’re from Grizzly, you have a toughness. “

While the past several months of recovery have been tough, El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor George Turnboo said he is trying to make things as smooth as possible.

“We have an emergency declaration that we put in place, so we have a good rebuild process for these victims, and we’re waiving all the building permit fees,” Turnboo said.

There is also a new Emergency Disaster Center in the works in El Dorado County. It will be located right next to the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Turnboo told KCRA 3 it will house items such as water tanks and cots, to make sure the community is better prepared for future emergencies.

| VIDEO BELOW | Caldor Fire survivors are being gifted homemade quilts from people across the nation

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