People of different faith traditions gathered to help Paradise Camp Fire victims at an ecumenical concert performed by 80 adults and 10 children on Jan. 19 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Concord.
The choirs from St. Bonaventure, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church and the United Methodist Church of Concord came together because they wanted to do something to lessen the pain of those who lost so much in Paradise.
Four people, representing friends and neighbors in Paradise, traveled to St. Bonaventure to tell their incredible stories of courage, despair, fear, hope and trust.
The music selected allowed these four witnesses, who experienced devastation, destruction and loss of life, to know that they had not been forgotten. The concert helped restore their sense of worth – giving them renewed strength to fight on and a deeper realization that people still cared about their desperate plight.
It’s not too late to help. Just write a check to St. Bonaventure Church and put Victims of the Paradise Fire in the memo section. Mail your check to St. Bonaventure Church, 5800 Clayton Road, Concord CA 94521. All money received will be sent to Paradise and go directly to people who are struggling to rise from ashes and rebuild their lives. All donations will provide a tax write-off, as well.