RED BLUFF — The Fisher family and a handful of volunteers began the new year by handing out food, clothes and other supplies to those in need at River Park Saturday.
Ashley Fisher, her family and the volunteers arrived at River Park around 7:30 a.m. and began setting up shortly after. The giveaway was scheduled to run 9 a.m. until around noon, with those in need being able to pick up shoes, clothes, food, personal hygiene products, hot chili, fresh muffins, sack lunches and an array of other items. Some kids clothes were available at the giveaway for families in need.
The Fishers received $612 in outside donations and put in about $300 of their own money to purchase the items.
Fisher said she and her husband started doing this two years ago because they wanted to set a good example for their son and partly due to knowing someone who died from addiction and homelessness.
“It’s kind of something that hits home, and we want to do what we can,” Fisher said. “We are fortunate to have what we have, and we want to help others who do not have as much.”
In 2018, the Fishers purchased care package items for the homeless in south Sacramento, where they lived at the time, drove around and passed them out to those in need on New Year’s Eve. Last year, the Fishers asked friends and neighbors for donations in addition to what they purchased, and those items were handed out to the needy in Red Bluff and Redding on New Year’s Day.
“This year, we had to make an event out of it and just post up somewhere and have people come to us because it is so hard to drive around and find everyone in need,” Fisher.
Angie Lorimor volunteered Saturday because she has a homeless relative, and her sister works with Fisher and told her about the giveaway.
“There is nothing for the homeless in Tehama County,” Lorimor said. “Even for the mental health, there is nothing for them, and I always have told them to go to Butte, go to Glenn and see if you can get assistance there. There is nothing in Tehama County, which is sad.”
Lorimor said she was shocked and happy with the number of donations the giveaway received and would save some of her items for the next time the Fishers organize a giveaway event, at which she plans to volunteer.
“If they do it in the middle of the year, I’ll do it too,” Lorimor said.
Fisher said next year wants the giveaway to focus on making outdoor living more comfortable for some of those in need and will ask for tents and other outdoor items. The giveaway will focus on gift cards to local restaurants so some of those in need can get a hot meal.