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Buddhist Group Has Given More Than $1.2 Million to Butte Co. Families Impacted by Camp Fire

"Hope Heals" is the name of the campaign created by the Tzu Chi Foundation so they can raise more money to provide to families who lost their homes or have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire in Butte County.

Posted: Dec. 2, 2018 9:17 PM
Updated: Dec. 2, 2018 9:21 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Tzu Chi Foundation is a Buddhist humanitarian group that has helped more than 2,000 Butte County families impacted by the Camp Fire.

They have given out more than $1.2 million dollars so far to local families from the FEMA Disaster Relief Centers in Chico and Oroville.

They are now launching a new campaign to raise more money, so they help the many more people that are needing financial assistance. The campaign is called "Hope Heals."

Several of the evacuees told Action News Now that the only aid they have received so far is from the Tzu Chi Foundation. They have described the group of volunteers as very compassionate and generous.

The group held a news conference Saturday in front of the FEMA location in Chico in the old Sears. 

A representative for Assemblymember James Gallagher's office and two Paradise Town Council members attended the press conference to spread the word about what this group is doing in Butte County for Camp Fire relief.

Councilmember Mike Zuccolillo said that their support has been enormously helpful. "A lot of our families have lost pretty much everything," he said, "and this financial aid that they're supporting is giving people an initial start to try to rebuild their lives."

If you need immediate cash aid or want to support the new campaign to support those in need, you can text (530) 636-0820 or CLICK THIS LINK for the Tzu Chi Foundation website.

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