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Grants Pass Chaplain Helping Camp Fire Victims

"I was talking to a lady down there at the distribution center, and all she wanted was a toothbrush. She hadn't brushed her teeth in three days, you know?"

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 2:53 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 10:57 AM

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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