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UPDATE 8:05 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Approximately 3,000 people showed up at the Camp Fire relief event in the Sportsman's Warehouse parking lot on Saturday.
Organizer Stephen Murray said, "People come here depressed... stressed out... haven't left their trailer in weeks or months."
He said the people that arrived to his relief "party" ended up leaving with smiles on their faces.
Murray lived in Paradise for 31 years and is a Camp Fire survivor that has been critical in helping survivors, including many medically vulnerable seniors. He helped rescue dozens of seniors from the trailer park he worked at in Paradise during the Camp Fire. He is considered a hero by many, many people -- including those who have received gift cards, fans, propane and other aid from him.
Fire survivors showed up Saturday for relief in the form of food, toys, bedding, furniture and gift cards. The Lions Club offered more than $2,000 worth of gift cards and the Vietnam Veterans of America's Chico chapter gave out boxes of dried food to veterans who needed help.
CHICO, Calif. - It is not too late to donate used furniture, toys, gift cards and other items to Camp Fire survivors. The Stephen Murray love event is taking place Saturday until 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Sportsman's Warehouse in Chico, located at 765 East Ave.
There was a line forming before the event started at 8 a.m., as you can see in the photos above. Donors have a way to easily drive through the event to drop off donations, gift cards or financial contributions.
There are a lot of survivors looking for help in the form of food, children's toys, and gas cards. The Vietnam Veterans of America have assembled food boxes for Camp Fire survivors who are military veterans. The food was donated by veterans groups all over the United States.
Event organizer Stephen Murray just got back from San Rafael where he went to pick up donations from local Rotary Clubs, businesses and individuals. . He brought back donations of furniture, toys, and food to help his community survive the hard days ahead.
Murray asked Action News Now to let people know donations are needed and will be accepted during the Saturday event, which closes down at 4 p.m.
Murray is the Camp Fire survivor who has been helping people get trailers, food, RV's and other supplies since the first days after the fire burned down the town he grew up in. He was very active helping seniors and other vulnerable refugees at the Red Cross shelter, who are very thankful for his help. Many people heard of Stephen Murray after he helped rescue several elderly people from the Apple Tree Village Mobile Home Park in Paradise during the morning of the Camp Fire evacuation.
Murray does Facebook LIVE posts just about every day to let people know what he is doing. One is posted in this article.