CALAVERAS COUNTY —
Volunteers hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of victims of the Butte Fire Monday night at the Mountain Ranch Community Center.
Businesses, service organizations and people eager to help all pitched in with donations, supplies and helping hands to make the event a success.
Nancy Scott of Nancy’s Hope Thrift Store in Tuolumne County was a key organizer. The idea for the dinner came from her daughter, Jayanna, who was concerned that many people who lost homes in the fire wouldn’t get to have a nice Thanksgiving.
An additional meal for victims of the Butte Fire will be held Thanksgiving Day, in the early afternoon, inside the old schoolhouse in Railroad Flat.
The Butte Fire burned 475 homes in Calaveras and Amador counties, according to Cal Fire.
There is still a great need for donations, including trailers for fire victims living in tents. Nancy’s Hope, online at www.nancyshope.org, is one of several organizations helping coordinate those efforts.