By Michele Maki, American Red Cross Volunteer
“When we heard of the devastation and destruction caused by the Butte Fire we wanted to be a part of the relief efforts for all those affected.” George Almeida, Fuddruckers franchise owner shared his heartfelt concerns for the Mountain Ranch and surrounding community. “We hope our food trucks will provide some respite for this community that has been devastated by these fires.” Today, Almeida’s generosity and concern turned into action as his team and the volunteers of the American Red Cross rolled up their sleeves and opened their hearts to serve the famous Fuddruckers burgers to the community.
“I can’t believe you all are doing this for us. You’ve done so much already.” exclaimed a resident known only as Larry. “I lost my home of 40 years to the fire. My late wife and I built it with our own hands. There has been so much kindness. I can’t tell you how much it means.”
More praise came from Jen, a Cal Fire Volunteer who expressed the same sentiment. “This is so kind and much appreciated. There were many Cal Fire folks who lost their homes too. So, for Fuddruckers to drive all the way from the Bay Area to offer us free burger lunches is just amazing!”
“This is a wonderful example of partnering to benefit a community that has suffered terrible losses.” Praised Tracy McBroom, American Red Cross Disaster State Relations Director, Pacific Division for California. “It’s another step on the road to recovery.”