Redding, CT Kids Raising Funds for Woolsey Fire Victims!

Check this out- Agoura High School Charger (‘90), Joanne Campbell, helping us out from across the country!

On Saturday, December 7, 2018, members of the Torch Club through the Boys & Girls Club Redding-Easton (based in Redding, CT) will be wrapping gifts at the Artisan Fair at Redding Elementary School to raise funds that will be sent to the victims of the Woolsey Fire which devastated southern California in November 2018. All proceeds raised will be sent in support of Village Rising (villagerising.org), a new fund established to provide immediate financial support to Woolsey Fire victims in and around Westlake Village, CA.

Unfortunately, the young members of the of the Redding Easton Torch Club are intimately familiar with sustained and back-to-back catastrophes and are eager to help their neighbors, even ones who live across the country. In August 2011, our towns were hit by Hurricane Irene, and then two months later by a freak Halloween Nor’easter, both of which shut school for a week and left many homes without power for longer. The Torch Club members were in kindergarten, first and second grades a year later when Hurricane Sandy hit their homes, and a gunman shot and killed 20 first graders and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town next door. Many of the these Torch Club members and their families had teachers and friends living in Newtown and, spend significant time in Newtown.

The Torch Club members are now sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and they want to help people in a similar situation. We live in a close-knit community, just like the areas surrounding the Woolsey Fire -- Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Newbury Park. We know what Southern California is going through, because we've been through similar events, and the kids want to help.

Torch Club is a nationally recognized leadership and community service club for middle school-aged children that is affiliated with The Boys and Girls Club.