Happy Monday News
Okay so it’s almost Thanksgiving and it’s time to be thankful for what we have and then give until it hurts. Here are some stories that caught my eye.
The bride’s family home burned, the caterer’s kitchen burned, the DJ’s equipment burned but the wedding went on. One of the few things the family managed to grab on the way out the door was Morgan’s dress (doesn’t she look lovely?). But would people be able to come?
In the end, the couple decided that they needed something that would lift their spirits.
“We weren’t going to let the fire take anything more from us,” said (Brian) Gobba, the groom. The little details that seemed so important only days before were an afterthought. This wasn’t so much about proper ceremonial etiquette, but rather simply for people to come and enjoy themselves.
And all 100 guests showed up.
As the bride and groom enjoyed their first dance, the people who had been through so much took a moment to smile at a new beginning.
It took Frank Hilscher only a half-hour to figure out what to do as the scale of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, began to dawn on him.
“I woke up the next morning, and they talked about how devastating it was,” Hilscher said in an interview Sunday. “I sat around for about 30 minutes and thought about what we could do to help.”
Hilscher, 37, owns the Sexy Panda Food Truck, which sells Asian-themed street food in Sacramento, the state capital. So he called up Alex Hader, who manages the truck, and headed to a restaurant store, where he emptied out his business account.
Soon, “we filled up the truck and went on our way,” bound for Chico, about 90 miles north. They’ve been going 24-7 ever since, handing out supplies and serving thousands of meals a day to victims of the fire from the parking lot of a Walmart, Hilscher said.
“It’s started to grow into its own animal. We wound up constructing a full outdoor kitchen,” where a team that has grown to about 25 volunteers has served as many as 20,000 meals, he estimated.
Best wishes to the bride and groom and a big salute to the volunteers feeding the hungry.