In just two weeks, the Camp Fire in Northern California has destroyed more structures than the state’s other seven worst wildfires combined. Everything has been destroyed and lost for so many families and businesses.
After four days of United Christian Academy’s Camp Fire Book Drive, a total of 15,937 books were donated to help replenish the countless books and classroom supplies the Paradise City schools and libraries lost in November of 2018. With an original goal to collect 1,000 books over the course of the week, the UCA community was thrilled at the response the book drive had in just one day when the count came in at over 5,500 books on Monday alone. All books collected will be used to help replace classroom libraries, school libraries, and family libraries.
Even the local business community jumped on board with the school’s efforts. When they heard about the cause, the local Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot stores donated 150 boxes for UC Academy students to pack and transport the books. Meanwhile, Penske Truck Rental offered a 20% discount for UCA teachers to rent a 16-foot truck to haul the books to the Paradise area on Friday, January 18.
“I am overwhelmed and so blessed by the outpouring of today. I would have never guessed we’d have to rent a second 16-foot truck to account for this load!” said Rayna Keen, UCA Kindergarten teacher and book drive coordinator. “God has given us more than we could even imagine or ask for, and it blesses my heart deeply to see how our students, families, and local community are showing the love of Christ in a world that so desperately needs it.”
A team of four UCA staff members and volunteers arrived in the Paradise area on Saturday, January 19thwhere they met up with a kindergarten teacher and group of volunteers from Pine Ridge School of the Paradise Unified School District. The boxes of books were unloaded and stored at a location within the Chico Mall until the school teachers and staff members are able appropriately distribute the books to various classrooms and facilities.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16