Disaster Relief

As all of you know, Redding and surrounding areas have been hit with some extreme fires over the last several months and it has devastated many communities. The Carr Fire burned 229,651 acres and is currently 100% contained. There were 1,079 residences, 22 commercial structures, 503 outbuildings destroyed and 190 residences, 26 commercial structures, and 61 outbuildings damaged. “http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/” Shasta and Trinity counties have begun re-grouping and figuring out the next steps. Many people have been able to find new housing including local rentals, friends and family, and some have resorted to living in tents on their burned-up property. Still others have been forced to move out of town to live with relatives. One of the greatest needs, as the initial volunteers are wrapping up with the first phase of relief, is residents having the ability to re-furnish their new-found homes, but there is hope! Tess and Bill Woodford dreamt up the idea of gathering furniture for just this reason. The entire community has stepped up and is making the vision a reality. A commercial building has been donated and is acting as a retail store providing a place for people to drop furniture off and victims to pick out new furniture to begin filling their houses and re-building their lives. The local radio has jumped in to promote the cause as well as Viva Down Town, a local networking group dedicated to spreading the news of local events. This will give you an idea of the scale of need a family of four may have:

  • 1 dining room table
  • 4 dining room chairs
  • 1 couch
  • 1 living room chair
  • 4 beds with mattresses
  • 4 dressers

This is just the bare minimum in the struggle to find a new sense of normal life. Take that list of furniture and multiply it by 1,000 families and you get 15,000 pieces of furniture needed to fulfill just the basics for each family. Currently, Carr Furnishings is emptying and re-filling their warehouse between 6 to 9 times during the 19 and a half hours a week they are open. Helping Hands International is partnering with Carr Furnishing to help! Carr Furnishings is short on man power for moving furniture in and out of the warehouse during operating hours. They had no idea the turn out and capacity of giving that was going to take place and they need our help. If you can’t volunteer, donating furniture is another great way to be a part of the recovery. If this is something you would like to do please contact Tim at (541)326-7242 for drop off information. If you are able to volunteer, the itinerary is as follows: Dates: Every Saturday as the need remains Depart: RVF Annex 600 Whitman Pl. Medford, OR. 97501 7:00 a.m. SHARP Arrive: Carr Furnishings Redding, CA. 9:45 a.m. Depart: Carr Furnishings Redding, CA. 3:30 p.m. Arrive: RVF Annex 600 Whitman Pl. Medford, OR. 97501 6:00 p.m. APRX If you are able to volunteer please sign up on a day that fits your schedule. (Click on the “service calendar” tab above to volunteer) Wherever the need arises in the US next,  whether it be hurricane, earthquake, or otherwise, we are ready to mobilize! 

Helping Hands International

Helping Hands International is a nondenominational Christian Organization dedicated to sending teams throughout the world to bring help and hope to hurting people. Sharing the love of God through practical help is our primary Goal.

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