Sunday, December 2, 2007

Out of the Ashes ~ Organizing Totes From Cedar Fire Survivors

To assist families who lost their homes in the Witch Creek fire, a group of nearly 100 Scripps Ranch volunteers have designed, assembled and are now distributing 1,000 free file system totes, customized to the needs of recovering fire victims.

Each portable, plastic tote contains pre-labeled hanging files and manila folders to help organize the many important forms, receipts, and documents acquired during the recovery process.

Many of this project’s volunteers lost their Scripps Ranch homes in the 2003 Cedar Fire and are therefore eager to “pay it forward” by sharing their post-fire experience and knowledge with those who are beginning the recovery process in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Ramona and other surrounding areas. They reveal that ”Getting organized helps you feel in control of your life again”.

The totes are currently available (free of charge) at the Rancho Bernardo Assistance Center (on West Bernardo Drive, San Diego, CA 92127). Plans are currently underway to distribute totes to additional Relief Centers.

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