Many of you know about the tragedy that has been on-going in my community since December 8, 2018. The Camp Fire affected many small towns in Northern California and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in the town of Paradise, just 15 miles away from Chico. As I write this, the death toll is up to 79 and there are still hundreds missing. My daughter and son-in-law lost their home and everything in it, but are alive and well, and were able to save their beloved cat, Gemma.
I have been lucky enough to personally see a huge outpouring of kindness and humanity during this tragic time. My daughter has been blessed by friends and family sending gift cards, items, cash, cards, emails, texts, hugs and prayers. The amount of support has been overwhelming. I have been doing what I can to help, donating items, sorting and hanging clothes for a pop-up “free” clothing store at a local church, delivering items to evacuation centers, etc. Most people are doing this.
Stories abound on Facebook about strangers showing compassion and kindness to strangers. Other stories are about the personal experiences of escaping this extremely fast-moving disaster. There was no warning and many were fortunate to escape with their lives. Many had to run and leave cars behind. Some were not so lucky.
As I volunteer at this time, I can’t help but reflect on our Mission and Vision Statements:
MISSION: Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority – together we are one in friendship, service, and community.
VISION: Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority brings women together to inspire one another through friendship and service today, tomorrow, and forever.
This monumentally tragic event will not be over quickly. It will be months, perhaps years, before lives will be back to normal. My Chapter, Delta Nu, will do what we can to help. Helping others, helping our community, and reaching out to those unfortunate enough to need this help, that is what Sigma Phi Gamma is all about. Thank God for our Sorority—today, tomorrow, and forever.