PARADISE, Calif. -- People swarm a pop up donation center in a now bankrupt Toys "R" Us parking lot, hoping to find supplies and clothes after losing their homes to the Camp Fire.
A chaplain from Grants Pass, Jason Allemand, helped organize it, and the newest addition to the distribution center Sunday morning: a mobile food kitchen.
"I was talking to a lady down there at the distribution center, and all she wanted was a toothbrush," Allemand said. "She hadn't brushed her teeth in three days, you know? So that kind of level of need is just crazy."
Allemand is working as a leader with Crisis Response International. They've partnered with Youth With a Mission, which is offering them a place to stay and volunteers. Other groups are now also helping with the distribution center as well.
"When I started seeing reports that were coming out, my heart was just so heavy for the people in Paradise," Allemand said. "The amount of people that were displaced because of it -- I didn't have a choice; I had to come."
Now Allemand hopes the mobile kitchen can help continue the healing that's started in the distribution center.
Allemand says the mobile kitchen has non-perishable staples, but still needs meat. He said he prayed Sunday morning, and that afternoon, a friend texted him saying he had just sent a Walmart e-gift card.
"The Lord just provides," Allemand said.
If you want to donate, visit Crisis Response International's webpage.
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