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Butte Fire Victims Find Hint of Normalcy During Christmas Holiday

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CALAVERAS COUNTY --

While many spend Friday night surrounded by loved ones in their homes there are others who aren't as lucky this Christmas.

Butte Fire victims are still struggling to rebuild, but they don't have to spend this holiday out in the cold thanks to help from the community.

Misty McCourt is one survivor who gets to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal at the Mountain Ranch Community Hall.

"It's good to come here, be around kids, the movie, talk to other people. It's wonderful," said McCourt.

Trisha Chalk, co-director of Mountain Ranch Community Relief, said the goal for the night isn't about the number of people they help, but that they offer the support these victims need.

"If we can just give one person a hot meal or we can give them a couple hours in a warm place I think it gives them hope and that's 100 percent important."

The community hall isn't just open on Christmas but every night and all day Sundays for people to get out of the cold.