Hands4Hope-Youth Making A Difference, partnered with the El Dorado Foundation to aid those affected by the devastating Caldor Fire. We had an outpouring of support from our own community and the Bay Area. Acting quickly, community members and local businesses stepped in to help evacuees. Restaurants donated meals, gas stations provided gas gift cards, businesses and community members donated immediate necessities, including tents, tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, lanterns, batteries, clothing, food and toiletries.
To help those at the various evacuation sites, Hands4Hope youth and adult volunteers sorted, counted, and distributed the donations received, this included reaching people beyond the official sites who were living in their cars or parking lot tents because the evacuation sites were full. One of our own youth leaders and volunteers was also evacuated. Jayce wasted no time and began reaching out to businesses to donate food, toiletries, and even flowers so that we could pass them out to those at “unofficial” evacuation sites.
Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference also ran a coat drive to collect new jackets for those who lost their homes in the Caldor Fire. We collected 700 jackets and were able to distribute them during the Grizzly Feast Event at the Placerville Fairgrounds.
We have continued our partnership with the El Dorado Foundation to help those who have lost their homes in the fire. We participate in a monthly distribution event where Hands4Hope brings toiletries, clothing, and gift cards.