Simple Words that Make the Red Cross Glow

IMG951957Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is a place of great fun, entertainment, music and food; nonetheless, for 11 days one of the most popular Casinos in Northern California became a place of safety and shelter for hundreds of people evacuated the by Butte Fire that charred hundreds of homes in Calaveras and Amador Counties.

When evacuation orders were lifted, the number of people staying at the shelter declined. As people were leaving Jackson Rancheria we asked them to share with us a few simple words of their stay.

Jerry (82) and Kathy (77) Purse from Rail Road Flat, CA

“It’s been fantastic! The way the Red Cross took over, made sure we had everything we needed. The Red Cross and Jackson Rancheria did a fantastic job!”

Steven (56) and Winnie (52) Androvich from West Point, CA

“Made me feel like a guest, a carefree guest. The Red cross removed all my stress…made me feel like I was home.”

John (58) and Karil (56) Shipley; David Shipley (32); Heather Bolta (28)

“Fantastic! Red Cross gave us a lot of help, A LOT! You guys did great! Thank you, thank you…so much help!”

Leona Stormoen (72) from Pine Grove, CA

“Over the top! I’m in a fog, I can’t even tell you…every time I needed something, it was done, it was there….information, services, comfort…EVERYTHING!”

Matt (59) and Sherrie Whitmer from West Point, CA

“Everything! Everything twice for a week….that’s what you did for us, and I mean everything! This has been a home. There are no words for it. It feels like home here, I found a shirt that said “Welcome Home” and I mean, it’s just been phenomenal! I hope you put that in Big Capital Letters…for the rest of my life, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Wally (55) Thom; Carol (82) Thom; Rebecca (54) Thom; Alissa (17 when she arrived, 18 when she left)

“On a scale of 1-10…a 12!”   said Wally; “So Good to know you are here, especially with my Mom”

“Ditto! There were awesome…everyone was great!” said Rebecca

Tara (27) Booth; two kids Aubrey (4) and Anna (3) from Rail Road Flat, CA

“We don’t even know where to begin. The Red Cross was able to give us everything and do everything for us. Especially with our kids, you made it so easy for us!”

Summer Reed-Johnson (61) from Wilseyville, CA

“100% excellent, and kind… so kind. Whatever it is that I needed, you were able to provide it. It was just so comfortable and easy. It made me not feel afraid.”

Check out the pictures about this response on our Flickr Album

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American Red Cross California Gold Country Region

The California Gold Country Region serves a twenty-six county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties

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