BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - One Butte County business owner is taking new steps to rally around Bear Fire evacuees.
The owner of Lakeside Market in Oroville is going above and beyond to help those in need. He is providing free food to people and also helping collect donations. Some of his employees have been impacted and he has even given them somewhere to live.
Paul Hayer, owner of Lakeside Market says, "This is my family, my community."
Hayer has owned Lakeside Market for the last 20 years and he says it’s always been there for those in need.
Charles Luttrell, long-time employee and evacuee, says "We always try to do what we can for our community. The things that go on here are fantastic. We offer free food to anyone anytime of the year." He says they have been helping him get by as well. "They are amazing people. You just have to barely get to know them to know they are amazing people."
Hayer says he will continue helping his community for as long as they need him. "I would encourage people to help other people. That makes a better world to live in," he said.
Many businesses and organizations are still here using the Lakeside Market parking lot as a place to collect and hand out donations.
Hayer says he is matching monetary donations on their GoFundMe Page up to $21,000.