When residents of Paradise, California had to evacuate from the wildfires, many fled to Lincoln, about an hour and a half away and hundreds are staying in hotels in the area. So the Lincoln community is coming together to help these folks who’ve lost everything have a happy Thanksgiving and they’re serving up turkey dinners and providing rides to anyone who wants to come.
It started with Jeannette Bermudez reaching out to a friend about cooking some turkeys and delivering them to evacuees staying in hotels nearby and then more and more people wanted to help, so they started a Facebook event and dinner plans got bigger and better.
The local fire department held a turkey drive which brought in 100 donated birds, the city of Lincoln offered its event space for free, and a local casino offered busses to transport people from their hotels to the dinner. Townspeople and local restaurants offered to cook, companies donated art supplies and games to keep kids busy, and a local dog groomer offered to bathe and groom pets and give them a place to stay during the dinner.
"It’s going to be a good night out to get their minds off what's happened," Bermudez says.