San Diegan compelled to help families that lost homes in northern CA wildfire

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Many San Diegans are eager to help the wildfire victims in Northern California, especially Kevin Corrigan of Rancho Penasquitos.

Corrigan grew up in Santa Rosa where hundreds of home have burned and he once lost everything he owned when his family’s home caught fire from a fallen lamp in 2003.

“It’s unreal to see all the devastation. This is the place I grew up. It’s home for me,” Corrigan said. “It’s been a nightmare. You know, waking up Monday morning with Facebook posts and friends texting me telling me that their house was gone."

Corrigan put out the call for donations for the fire victims on social media and was shocked at the response.

“People have gone out to the store and bought a bunch of new items: toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lots of stuffed animals for kids, toys, so it’s great to see a community come together,” Corrigan said. “Some of these families don’t have insurance. They left with what they have and that’s it."

Corrigan had hoped he would be able to collect bags of donations. He was thrilled when strangers opened their hearts and their wallets. He received so much he had to rent a moving truck. He said Penske even pitched in and dropped the price from $550 to $150. He is heading up to Santa Rosa to distribute the items.

The Redwood Credit Union has a North Bay Fire Relief Fund for money donations. 

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