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One market in Oroville serving as a safe haven for evacuees

Thousands of people are still not allowed to return to their homes and many have no where to take shelter. The parking lot at Lakeside market has resources and shelter available for evacuees.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 6:29 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 5:41 AM

OROVILLE, Calif -  The Peaceful Dove Ranch Organization is giving out free items to people in need at the Lakeside Supermarket and Gas parking lot. 

“We’re here to help out everybody else, said volunteer, Avalon Glucksman. "We are giving out a lot of free food and dog food and cat food and other things and please just have support in your heart and know that you are not alone and the community is with you.”

“Just helping out, making sure, just connecting with a lot of our friends that lost their houses," said volunteer Daniel Ward. "It’s awesome and a blessing to help.”

Volunteers also providing evacuees with toiletries and clothes. 

I spoke to one family who is grateful for these volunteers. 

“This our first experience with something like this ever," said Dawn Chaput. "This place here, they gave everything. From diapers, dog food, you name it, they have it. We’re not here to take money. I mean they give out gift cards and everything. I mean it’s just wonderful.”

RELATED: Market in east Oroville serving as resource center for Bear Fire evacuees

After being evacuated from their home in Berry Creek, Chaput has been camping out in the Lakeside market parking lot with her husband and dog for over four days and is trying to stay optimistic. 

“All of the people that lost things, but the good thing is you gotta keep your head up and you gotta just keep fighting, said Chaput. "It is what it is. You can’t do anything about it. It’s just nature, I guess.”

Volunteers got emotional when asked what helping these people in need means for them.

“I am going to start crying," said Glucksman. "I just want other people to know that I also have flyers here and I have support systems. "If anyone needs them, you can look me up on Facebook. I can give you information and resources so you can get free food and gift cards and other things like that.”

Volunteer Daniel Ward said that they are accepting any cash donations at the pop-up tent for those who want to help.

Ward also said that Butte County Resource came to the Lakeside parking lot last night to offer people motel rooms. Some people accepted this offer and some declined.

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