Submitted by Kathy Thomas
OAKHURST – Our local community is making something good out of something bad, by coming together to aid friends and neighbors who lost their homes in the fires that ravaged the hillsides this summer.
While the fires were still burning, the community pulled together for their neighbors in need: they began donating items the victims needed to get through the tragedy and begin setting up new homes.
The love of Bass Lake and Oakhurst spreads far, as people from Madera, Auberry, Visalia, and even Southern California brought donations by the truck loads.
Many donation centers popped up throughout Oakhurst and Bass Lake, and most were at full capacity within a few days. Century 21 Ditton provided a vacant building in Bass Lake for the overflow, and with the generosity of the community, that building is also full. There is clothing and shoes for every size and fashion, as well as furniture, linens, kitchenware and many other wonderful items.
If you or someone you know has been displaced because of the fires, please come to our donation centers and see what your neighbors have done for you. The donation sites are still open to those who suffered losses from the fires until October 23rd.
Now, to better help those in need, organizers will sell the remaining goods to the general public, and donate the revenue. On Saturday, Oct. 25, the community will host a rummage sale at the former Sportsmen’s Den in the Von’s Shopping Center. All proceeds from the all-volunteer function will go directly to the Oakhurst Area Fire Relief Fund to provide assistance to those affected by the fires.
While many homeowners and tenants had insurance, some did not have adequate coverage – or any at all. The donated items have been very helpful to those who literally had only the clothes they were wearing, and the Relief Fund will help with the large deductibles and things that are not covered by insurance.
We will begin accepting additional donations three days prior (Oct. 22-24) in the Von’s shopping center, at the former Sportsman’s Den location.
If you would like to donate items for the sale, or volunteer to help, please contact Kathy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org, 559-683-7368 or 559-742-2288.