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Facebook Group Helping Camp Fire Victims Find New Homes

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Two months after the Camp Fire in Paradise, some of the victims who lost their homes are moving to the Bay Area and are getting resettled with the help of social media.

19-year-old Lauren Decker said she remembers the moment, 9 days after the fire, when she got word her childhood home had burned to the ground.

“I just started crying,” explained Decker. “You just break inside.  I feel like I even started screaming.”

She left her house during the evacuation of the town with only her pajamas, her phone and her laptop.

Paradise was lost and this 19-year old college student eventually found that relocating to the Bay Area would enable her to get on with her life.  She reached out for guidance on social media and the Facebook group called Bay Area Camp Fire Support came to her aid, in the form of a guardian angel: a San Jose nurse named Ana Maille.

“We have to help each other out,” Maille said, pointing out that many of the people on the Facebook group have been working 10 or 12 hours a day helping survivors.

After Decker, her boyfriend Ansel Craig and their dog Cocoa got settled into a house in San Jose for $1000-a-month rent, she needed furniture. So Maille put out the word on the Facebook group, and began approaching sellers on Craigslist and Nextdoor.

“I would contact them to say, ‘Would you be willing to donate it?’ Or ‘I’ll buy it at a discount? It’s for a paradise survivor.’ And they would say, ‘Oh please, go ahead and take the coffee table. And I’ve got a lamp, I’ve got a work bench,’” Maille said. “People have been really generous and it’s been really heartwarming.”

Decker is one of a growing number of Camp Fire survivors moving to the Bay Area to start over. The social media groups are playing a big part in connecting traumatized survivors with folks who just want to lend a hand.

Lisa Parr moved to Aptos, in Santa Cruz County.  She tells KPIX 5 she was helped by angels named Lisa Lent and Debra Feldstein from a Facebook group entitled, “Camp Paradise Fire Support Santa Cruz and Monterey.”

Parr said she had no help from FEMA and needed to move.

“Under insured, no choice,” she said.

As for Decker, she said she is struggling with the expense of living in the Bay Area.  She’s applying for a Starbucks job, but eventually wants to put her graphic art skills to work in animation. She studied art at Butte College in Oroville, and plans to pick her studies back up in the Bay Area.

As Decker and Maille shared a long, emotional hug, the teenage survivor said she is grateful for all the help she has received from total strangers.

“It’s like I’ve just met a long lost mom,” Decker said of Maille. “It’s really wonderful to have that support after feeling so alone. People I don’t even know have helped and I would just love to say thank you. It’s overwhelming.”

Poll Workers Wanted For Primary Elections

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for registered voters willing to work the polls for the March 20 primary elections.

The board issued a statement Monday that workers are needed to serve as Election Coordinators and Judges of Election, especially on the city’s North Side.

Election Coordinators are responsible for trouble-shooting equipment, ensuring accessibility, and helping to administer day-of registrations. Coordinators must complete two training sessions and past a test to qualify, and will be paid $350.

Election Judges are required to complete a three-hour training session are paid a total of $190.

All workers are required to serve on March 20 from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m., when the polls close and all records and voting equipment are secured, said the board.

Board Chairwoman Marisel A. Hernandez said the city relies on 10,000 poll workers each year to help with elections, and is hoping to fill all vacancies this week.

They are especially looking for volunteers who are bilingual, and can help translate to Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and Polish.

Any U.S. citizens who is registered to vote in Cook County can apply at

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2018. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Hurricane Harvey Help From Chicago Charitable Drives Continues

CHICAGO (CBS) — There have been many offers to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, from sending water and food, to clothing and money.

But two other charitable drives in the Chicago area caught CBS 2’s eye: for paint and prose.

CBS 2’s Lauren Victory has more.

From pails of old paint to barrels of renewed beauty, a Schaumburg non-profit is adding Hurricane Harvey victims to its pallet of donations.

“One of the last things you need is paint, most people forget how much paint you are going to need in every facility to make the place look like it did before the storms,” said Chris McCarthy, found of Earth Paint.

The first Earth Paint shipment to Texas will be worth $25,000. That is 1,000 gallons, two or three weeks of work.

It is a labor of love.

“We’re recycling the paint properly and all of our employees are special needs adults,” McCarthy said.

Earth Paint is hosting a paint drive on Sept. 23 in Palatine. Anyone with unwanted paint in their basements/garages is encouraged to drop it off and it will get recycled and passed on to Harvey victims. You can also drop off paint every Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at their warehouse in Schaumburg at 509 E State Pkwy. More information can be found at

But the efforts do not stop there…

Students in Richton Park are helping victims of Harvey.

The students held a fundraiser on Thursday that bought more than 15,000 water bottles. The donation was facilitated by Marjorie’s Love Senior Meal Foundation. The group is headed to Texas with that big water load and food. They are looking for help with cots and blankets for another trip next week. More information can be found on the foundation’s Facebook page.

In addition the Southland College Prep students wrote 3,500 letters of support to soon be sent South.

One student told CBS 2 she hopes her letter reaches a freshman to show that someone the victim’s age cares.

Administrators said they are working to coordinate that and future fundraisers with Houston’s school district.

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Today we would like to ask everyone to support our involvement with large families who are in need of cloths and food.

Even thought the government is doing everything possible to help families with food and some money, but it is still not enough from every family.

Many of us think: – “Why do we have to help those who don’t work? We are working very hard, getting up in the…

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