Dear Trinity & UMW,
Below is a letter that I received on Dec. 18 from Andrea Herr who was hired by UMCOR to do recovery after the Weed/Boles fire in Sept. 2014. She helped us find two young boys who were effected by the fire to go to Shasta Children’s Camp last July. Upon speaking to Rev. Dave Samelson, Great Northern Superintendent who preached recently at Trinity and was at Shasta Camp, I found out a bit more about the boys camp experience. So, I wrote to Andrea to learn more. ——-Suellen Rowlison
P.S. OLD CAR OR TRUCK DONATION NEEDED FOR FAMILY. CONTACT ANDREA.
The boys that were able to attend the Shasta Children’s Camp thanks to your church’s and women’s group’s scholarships were 12 and 11. They have three siblings. Their mother is a single mother. I hope you don’t mind that I don’t give their names as I am going to share some personal information, and they might be recognizable if it were to be heard in this community.
Their mother told me that the boys really enjoyed the summer camp. Pastor Joe Morgan (pastor at Shasta City & Montague UMCs) also said they enjoyed themselves and made friends, some of them from Weed and Montague, close to their Lake Shastina home. He said they got involved in all the camp activities. Their mother really wanted to be there for the closing, and Joe made it possible.
I helped to gather a few supplies for the boys’ camping, and Joe did as well. I took the boys up to the camp, and Joe brought them home. When I dropped them off, everyone was very welcoming.
One of our Weed Long Term Recovery Group members adopted the family for Christmas and is giving them some very nice gifts. She asked them for suggestions which of course the children were glad to give.
I might mention one thing. This summer the family’s old truck was stolen. Having no transportation of their own is difficult, especially as they live outside of Weed. There is a school bus run and limited public bus transportation. I’ve been thinking that I should get the word out and see if someone might have an older, but functioning, car that they are thinking of donating to a charity. Perhaps they would consider giving it or selling it very cheaply to this family. I’m going to get the word out in this community as well. I’ve mentioned it at Long Term Recovery Group meetings, but I should let churches and service organizations know. Someone suggested a letter to the editor. If you feel it is appropriate, perhaps you could mention it in your newsletter.
The family are survivors of the Boles Fire in Weed. They are very low income. The mother is a student at College of the Siskiyous and, I believe, would like to work in the legal field. Sometimes health problems get in the way of her studies at C.O.S.
Thank you, Suellen, for your part in making it possible for the boys to go to the Children’s Camp. Thank you again to your church and women’s group.
Andrea Herr, Case Manager for Boles Fire Survivors, firstname.lastname@example.org
Weed Long Term Recovery Group
P.O. Box 635
Weed, CA 96094