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New opportunity for Camp Fire survivors to heal on the two year anniversary

There is going to be new opportunity for healing for Camp Fire survivors, this will be on the two year anniversary of the deadly fire.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 7:54 PM

Paradise, Calif. - There is going to be new opportunity for healing for Camp Fire survivors, this will be on the two year anniversary of the deadly fire.

Jess Mercer an artist from Paradise, who is also a Camp Fire victim, is in the middle of a new project to honor the two year anniversary of the Camp Fire. 

Last year Mercer built a Phoenix out of donated keys, this year she is building the Ridge Wellness Project.

This will be a well that people can toss personal letters in to, to help with their own recovery. 

"My goal is for people to write letters about resiliency, about thanks, maybe an illustration about emotions or something they are experiencing. The most about it is the recovery process and how they have gone through that," said Mercer.

Mercer says she will be at the wishing well in person on November 8th to collect the letters. She said she will be head to toe in PPE, so it will be COVID safe, or people can toss in their letters on their own. The event is only for one day, on November 8th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. 

Mercer says after the event she will take all the letters or whatever people put in, and make a book. She says you do not need to put your name if you don't want to, it is a completely safe space.

"This is my way of saying let's put those stories together and see if they benefit other people. The most heartfelt thing I have seen since the Camp Fire is how our survivors helped people going through the Bear Fire, and the Zogg Fire, and the Medford Fire, and all over," said Mercer. 

Mercer is making the well out of electrical spools for a reason. 

"For me using an electrical wire spool is my way of harnessing my anger. I am mad at an electric company, so I am going to use that in my art, but I am going to make it beautiful," said Mercer.

"So the spool is going to be the main center piece it is going to be surrounded by beautiful daffodils. The main spool here is kind of like the bucket, but a little play of it on course. I have got some old shutters that is going to make a beautiful roof once I age those out. A nice pole so you can do the spool and wire itself, it is going to look like a really vintage piece," said Mercer. 

Mercer is also working on one last key project, this one is for Magalia. 

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