On Holiday Mission of Mercy, Pasadena Police Park Safety Specialist Takes Donations to Survivors of Deadly Paradise Fire

Published : Friday, December 21, 2018 | 5:45 AM

A Pasadena police park safety specialist and her mother arrived in Northern California Thursday with a motor home packed with clothes and other donations for those affected by the deadly Camp fire near Paradise.

The Camp fire broke out on Nov. 8 and burned through 153,000 acres, killing at least 86 people before it was fully contained on Nov. 25, according to Cal Fire. Nearly 14,000 homes and more than 4,800 other buildings were destroyed by the flames.

After seeing the devastation unfold, Pasadena Police Department Park Safety Specialist Michelle White said she felt moved to try to help. And the department’s Peer Support Team was ready to join in the effort.

“It was something that I wanted to do for the victims of Paradise, and so through our Peer Support Team at the police department, we combined it together to make it one great effort,” she said.

Through community generosity, the organization was able to pack the mobile home with donations. White and her mother then got onto the highway and started heading north for the 471-mile journey.

“I would say I have probably 50 bags of clothes. I have 200 stuffed animals that I got from PETCO and other donors,” she said from the road, about 30 miles outside of Oroville.

The items also included about 100 kits filled with items such as hand sanitizer and shampoo.

White said she planned to visit churches, schools, and shelters in an around Paradise to distribute the care packages to families from the largely destroyed town.

Seven Pasadena firefighters also traveled to Paradise last month, along with counterparts from other local fire departments. They spent their Thanksgiving aiding in the somber but important work of searching for the remains of Camp fire victims.

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