QUINCY, Calif. - Stephen Murray is a Camp Fire survivor and he helped those affected by the Dixie Fire Quincy.
After losing his entire community of Paradise, Murray started his own non-profit called the Coral Apple Foundation.
“I basically was traveling back and forth each day to get people’s medications. Meanwhile, I’m collecting donations for the Camp Fire and people were driving through the valet at the Nugget to drop off donations for me to help,” Murray shared.
And he hasn’t stopped giving since.
In Quincy, Murray, and dozens of other volunteers, many of them also Camp Fire survivors, gathered to help evacuees by providing everything from food and water to toothbrushes and clothes.
But those volunteers were giving so much more than essentials to evacuees.
Just ask two-time fire survivor, Greg Walsh.
“I stopped at E&Js for a burger, but they were closed,” Walsh explained. “I talked with Elizabeth, the ‘E’ of E&J. They’ve been doing this for a while, so she made some calls after I told them my story. I wasn’t looking for anything and three hours later, she had a trailer for me.”
But Walsh and Murray have something that’ll help them move forward – their positive outlook.
“In three hours, without any request on my part, they got me a home,” Walsh continued. “So, I want to support that kind of magic. When stuff happens, you have to look for goodness.”
“I want to express that I deal with my depression and my PTSD and my anxiety by helping others,” Murray said. “I’m the best I’ve ever been. I’m very blessed to help others.”
Murray and the volunteers will be in Chester on Monday, providing more meals and essentials to welcome the community back home.
Murray will be at the 76 gas station on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
He is also hoping to raise $10,000 to help house evacuees in hotels.
If you’d like to donate supplies, head to the disaster relief center is in Paradise at 9205 Skyway. It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
They are asking for blankets, Holiday Market and 76 gift cards to help support those businesses, but anything is appreciated.
For more information about the fundraiser and the Coral Apple Foundation, click here.