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Volunteers > Doing their part in LA to help those in Colorado affected by wildfires

By Tris DeRoma

If there’s one thing Tina Derr remembers about the Cerro Grande Fire, it’s the Christmas ornaments.
 She was one of the 400 residents who lost her home to the fire, but someone, somewhere thought about her family’s plight, and gave them Christmas decorations.
A small gesture, but one she remembered as going a long way toward adding a little normalcy as well as dignity to the end of what was a very gut wrenching and tumultuous year for many.
“People were so kind to us, and someone did a really nice gesture by giving us some Christmas ornaments after the fire so we had something, ” she said.
“To have something like that happen in the midst of rebuilding, it just touched our hearts, just knowing that somebody cared.”
Now, a full 13 years later, Derr was thinking about this as she watched what the residents of Black Forest, Colo., were going through earlier this year, as fire raged through their town claiming 509 homes and two lives before it was over.
“One day, God put this in my head, saying, ‘hey, we need to make gloves, hats and scarves because it’s going to start getting cold up there,” she said. “It’s been two months since the fire, but for some reason, God dropped this on my head and said ‘get it done.’”

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