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Adopt a Family

People helping people. One group wants to put camp fire victims in touch with families who want to help them.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 5:54 PM

CHICO, Calif. - People helping people. One group wants to put camp fire victims in touch with families who want to help them.

"Helping other people as they come up to the booth and being able to talk with them as one evacuee to another has just been a real healing process all in itself," Miles Berdache Lynx, Paradise evacuee said.

Heather and Eric Lofholm from Sacramento started this page.

They reached out to their friend Miles Berdache Lynx, an evacuee from Paradise who lost everything, about how they can help.

"They just thought why don't we try to do this for everybody so they started the facebook group, paradise fire adopt a family and through that movement we've got a table here at fema it's not just clothing and gas card and shelter we're actually able to get people what they need in the moment," Lynx said.

"I lost everything I have up there and like I tell everybody I didn't have much, but what I did have gave me hope," Tony Warino, Paradise evacuee said.

Warino has been denied some of the agencies at the disaster relief center but he never gave up hope, and on Thursday he received a life changing gift.

"The agency that helped me with this RV was Adopt a Family they are a more personal way of helping people," Warino said.
A woman drove more than 4 hours to bring the RV to Warino.

She didn't want to be shown on camera, but she used the Facebook page to find him.

"One caught my eye, a gentleman that wasn't being served or was too not proud but too humble to ask for help and so he was living in his car. I made the phone call and talked with tony found out if he had anything and he said no and i said well that's gonna change for you cause im gonna make some calls," she said.

She fixed up an old RV with the help of her family and drove up from the Fresno area to deliver it in person.

"They've gone above and beyond they've left extra blankets extra pillows even extra socks they're very generous people i'm very grateful for this this actually gives me a great deal of hope rather than being stuck outside, now I have the opportunity to possibly pull onto a job site and be able to live on the job and make a little bit of money doing that," Warino said.

If you're a camp fire victim who needs help or want to help victims ... look for this story on Action News under news links.

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