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Dear friend.

In the span of 24 hours, the Camp Fire in Northern California climbed to the top of the list of the state’s most destructive blazes. With 23 people killed it’s also one of the state’s deadliest. Authorities estimate it has already burned through more than 6,713 structures which would make it the most destructive fire in recent history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Tragically, the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church burned down (see picture to the right) , the K-4 building of Paradise Adventist Academy was lost, and many Adventists have become displaced due to the fires. Fortunately, only a small portion of the Adventist hospital didn't make it after hearing reports that it had been completely destroyed.

Your immediate help is needed.

Right now, Barbara Ralls, our Community Services Leader is asking for gift cards. Her contact in Chico, who is coordinating housing for our teachers, said they already have too many clothing items, etc.. What people need are gift cards from:

• Walmart

• Target

• Safeway

• WinCo

• Raley’s

• Trader Joes

• Grocery Outlet

Anything from $25 to $250 would be terrific. If you can give more, please do so.

Please bring your gift cards to the church office (9Am to 3PM, or drop in mail slot after hours) or mail them to 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819. We are collecting them this week only so we can get them up there for distribution ASAP.

Barbara’s contact also told her that another large need is for that of campers and RV’s. Adventist teachers are currently in cramped and closed quarters. If you have something similar you can lend for 1, 2 or 3 months to help a family out, that would be terrific. Please call Barbara at (916) 880-0164 to coordinate this donation, or if you have any other questions.

You can also directly donate to Project Paradise where all proceeds will go toward helping those displaced by the fires.

Many of us would love to go and help right now, but we can’t. Perhaps we can help in the ways already mentioned above. Let’s see if we can truly make a difference and do unto others what we would have them do unto us if in a similar situation.

Thanking you ahead of time for your thoughtful gift.

Your Central Pastors

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Central Happenings is published by the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819 www.saccentral.org

Sacramento Central Ministry Team: Chris Buttery, Lead Pastor; Mike Thompson, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

Central Happenings: Chris Buttery, Editor; Chrystal White, Copy Editor/Distributor