Santa Claus, local businesses, student organizations, churches, and the people of Colusa County turned out at the Williams Community Church with food and gifts on Friday to give the Camp Fire victims living at the Migrant Village a holiday party they won’t forget.
While reaching out to bring a little joy to California Vocations Inc.’s 40 adults with special needs and their caregivers, along with the non-profit organization’s staff and children, doesn’t make up for all they’ve lost by a fire that destroyed their homes and killed 88 people, Pastor Jason McMullen said the generosity of so many toward Colusa County’s newest residents was heartwarming to see.
“It puts the community in the Community Church,” McMullen said.
Each of the Migrant Village’s temporary residents was given three presents from the churches, and five presents each from the Williams CHP, including a nice robe.
Santa, along with helpers that included Pierce Cheerleaders and Arbuckle 4-H members, handed out the gifts following a dinner provided by Morning Star, Granzella’s, Louie Cairo’s, and Rocco’s.
McMullen said once the churches talked about giving Colusa County’s fire victims from Paradise a holiday dinner, Brian Hagle of Morning Star offered to donate all the turkeys and hams, and Rocco’s offered to cook them. Louie Cairo’s and Granzella’s also came on board with prepared sides, and Arbuckle 4-H made pies and cookies.
“The key here is that everyone has come together to put this on for our guests,” he said. “Morning Star started this. Once they said something, everything started to fall in place like dominoes.”
The Community Church fed about 150 people during the event, and volunteers from Stonyford to Colusa helped serve. ■