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Lakeshore In the Community

Serving Southland Kids Displaced by Wildfires
San Diego/San Bernardino, California

As wildfires erupted all over the Southland from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border, thousands were forced to evacuate quickly. A San Diego public schools representative soon contacted Lakeshore. We were told that 15,000 students had already been displaced and had to spend the night in Qualcomm Stadium, one of the evacuation centers. We sprang into action, calling the head of the San Diego Teachers Union to find out what was needed and where to send it.

Within a few hours, we were able to deliver books, arts & crafts supplies, teacher aprons, and more to San Diego, where the materials were divided between six evacuation centers throughout the county. The very next day, the main corridor between Los Angeles and San Diego was closed due to the fires—so we got materials in and out just in time! We were also able to answer the call to deliver much-needed classroom materials to the naval base in San Diego, where 300 of their children had been displaced.

While all this was going on in San Diego, our representative in San Bernardino was told that kids were being evacuated from the mountain areas of Arrowhead and Running Springs to be housed at the National Orange Show Events Center. We sent a truckload of materials up to the evacuation site, including activity carpets and beanbag chairs. As soon as the carpets were laid down, kids scrambled over and found themselves a spot. The area became a gathering place and activity staging area for the young evacuees until they were able to return home.

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Children from the evacuated areas stake their claim on donated Lakeshore materials!

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