Donations Pour in and Student Volunteers Pitch in to Help at an Oroville Evacuation Center
The Red Cross was running the temporary shelter for evacuees with the Salvation Army assisting with meals and a large number of volunteers from the area helping with any a variety of capacities.
“What’s six cases of water?” asked Ocampo who said she was bringing the water because she couldn’t imagine what the evacuees were going through and hoped that if she was in a similar situation people would help her.
Former Chico State student Will Martin helped carry Ocampo’s water. He and other volunteers helped load and move the stream of donations flowing into the fairgrounds. Originally from Stockton, the upbeat and charismatic Martin said he attended Chico State as an agriculture student and was on the soccer team while attending school. Many of the volunteers at the center were from the soccer and football teams.
One of the larger donations, 100 sleeping bags, came from Lake Tahoe resident Joe Harris, who said he hit four Walmarts to get to them on his way from Tahoe via Reno.
North Valley Animal Disaster Group is housing animals at the fairgrounds. Kim Groom, a dog shelter supervisor with the group, said that this was one of the biggest events she has seen in her six years with the group. She estimated they were currently caring for around 300 animals.
Another volunteer with the group said they had a wide range of animals including your standard cats and dog, but also a rainbow of hens and roosters, pigs of all varieties, sheep, goats, and even hissing geese.
According to numerous reports, there is not a timeline for lifting the evacuation orders. The evacuees wait…hopefully to return home soon. Meanwhile, the volunteers are there to help and the donations pour in.