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Help Me to Help the Camp Fire Victims


Another devastating fire has swept through another community in which I have very deep roots. I went looking for a blog post that I wrote at the beginning of August and I was a bit startled to see that I began that post just as I was about to begin this one:

“I was all set to send the latest newsletter when ….”

I lived in Chico, CA for 14 years. I did my student-teaching at Concow Elementary School in Concow, CA, a very rural community southeast of Chico in the Sierra Foothills. The school has survived the fire, but I have friends who have lost all for the second time in ten years.

I want to help and again, you can help me do that. Since the holidays are coming up, this would be a great way to give some music to your friends and family and at the same time, help the victimes of the Camp Fire.


Here’s How You Can Help Me Help Them:

If you ask any musician who has recorded CDs, “how many do you have left?” they’ll tell you hundreds or maybe thousands. My basement isn’t bursting, but I certainly do have at least a thousand down there, all waiting for folks who would love to hear the music. They are taking up space and I figured that perhaps someone (anyone?) would purchase a few. I could then take a portion of that money and send it off to Redding where it’ll be put to good use.

From now until August 13, for every CD I sell at $18 ($15 + $3 s/h), $8 of every purchase will go to the North Valley Community Foundation in Chico. If you choose a volume discount, $8 per CD will still go to the relief effort. Please have a wander over to the E-Store and I do hope you’ll purchase some CDs and help my former neighbors and many friends in Butte County in recovery efforts. NB: apologies, but this offer is not valid for digital purchases.

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