Paradise project is helping people cope

People on the Ridge are coming together to share their experiences from the fire.

Posted: Nov 8, 2020 6:39 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 11:46 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - People on the Ridge are coming together to share their experiences from the fire. 

Jess Mercer an artist from Paradise created a wishing well for people to put letters and drawings into. 

She says she used spools to channel her anger towards PG&E, but she wants people to contribute to end up creating a book that will help others going through similar events. 

"There is always something true to tossing in a hope and a dream and I thought as an artist giving that visual so wishing well came to mind," said artist Jess Mercer.

Mercer says she also wants to continue to bring people together. 

"I feel so tethered it feels like we are united. It doesn't matter our race, our color, our creed, our background, our job, our age. It is just so beautiful to see people come together with one common goal, which today is just to feel connected to feel better," said Mercer.

One girl who was there says she is going to email Mercer her piece for the book. 

"I have a lot of things I can write about. I can tell people my story, and see that everybody has their own way of going through things roughly, and that everyone went through it," said Skyla Ackley.

Skyla Ackley didn't lose her home two years ago, but she told the story of her and her dad running from the fire. 

She explained to Action News Now why she feels she should contribute to the book. 

"To make them feel better about themselves and make them know that everybody is going through the same thing and you can talk to and feel open about it," said Ackley.

All the proceeds for the book will eventually be going towards a potential teen center for kids on the Ridge. 

Mercer says she has gotten plenty of emails so far, and is still taking them. For anyone who wants to contribute you can email buttecountyartonwheels@gmail.com 

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