#tbt A few weeks ago I had the honor of being a small part of the Concert For Defenders put on by @garysiniseofficial and his @garysinisefoundation in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Gary was putting on a free concert for the first responders and the local community after everything they’ve been through with the Woolsey & Hill Fires and the Borderline tragedy.
Gary was performing with his Lt. Dan Band and opening was Five For Fighting with John Ondrasik. Both Gary & John are friends and after having them on at the radio station to promote this show, they wanted to know if I would introduce Five For Fighting on stage!! Of course I said yes and here are some pictures and video from that beautiful day when everyone came together to give thanks and try to heal as a community.
In the first couple photos, you’ll see that Kane and Kaia joined me on stage. Then you’ll see a couple photos we took backstage meeting with families who lost loved ones that tragic night at the Borderline Bar & Grill. And then a quick video clip from my intro...
If you’re ever looking for a place to donate, 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 look at the Gary Sinise Foundation and all the incredible work they do to improve the lives of so many who sacrifice for us. As Gary says, ‘We can always do a little more.’
(For a recap of the concert and more pictures, click on the link in my bio.)
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According to Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) officials, state contractors have cleared fire-related debris from 639 properties. The 639 cleared properties represent 69.5 percent of the 920 properties currently eligible for the state program. 69.5% Complete=300,000 tons of debris removed since February 6, 2019. That means roughly still 132,000 tons of debris to go.
There were over 1600 homes destroyed in the combined Woolsey and Hill Fires. If we include those remaining homes, that means there is an additional 319,248 tons of debris remaining that is not being accounted for by DROC. RESULTING IN 751,248 TONS OF TOTAL DEBRIS MATERIAL FROM THE WOOLSEY AND HILL FIRES. Debris eligible for removal under the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program includes burned metal, concrete, ash, and contaminated soil.
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Four days a week, rain or shine, you can find Deb at the Humane Society of Ventura County helping to care for the horses. Deb cleans corrals, helps feed them, and is on hand to assist our Equine Specialist with anything she needs. Deb's hard work is not only necessary to keep up with the animals care, but she has also bonded with each horse, taking breaks in between mucking stalls to give them each a good scratch or whisper a kind word into their ear.
Deb started volunteering in June of 2017, working mostly with the dogs, "I wanted to give back to the community I grew up in." It didn't take long before Deb became a regular at the Shelter and was always willing to offer a hand. From helping our volunteer photographers to coming in for shelter clean-up days, Deb has almost done it all.
When the Hill and Woolsey Fires broke out, she was up and ready to help with the animals arriving in droves. With over 290 evacuated animals in our care, keeping them fed, clean, and cared for was a monumental task. Deb was at the Shelter as often as she could to volunteer. Weeks later, when the animals began to go back home, she decided to continue helping with the horses and hasn’t stopped since.
Working with horses is physically demanding and often a little dirty, but she doesn't mind. "Deb is a lifesaver. I couldn't do it without her help," commented Equine Specialist, Christie Tracy. Even with a volunteer, cleaning the horse corrals and making sure they have everything thing they need can take several hours each day. Deb encourages anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to "Come on; just don't be afraid to get dirty!"
Deb doesn't have a specific favorite shelter animal because "My favorite is the one that's in front of me right now." However, she does have a favorite thing to do at the Shelter, and that is spending time with the animals. Whether it's walking dogs or brushing out horses, she is just happy to be with them.
We welcome anyone interested to call (805)646-6505 x110 or email [email protected]hsvc.org. #volunteerappreciation #hsvc #ojai #horse #volunteer #shelterlove #ventura #horsesofinstagram #hillfire #woolseyfire
CALIFORNIA💛 ✨|| Did you know, 25% of our proceeds will go straight to the California Wildfire Relief Fund to help families that have been affected by California wildfires #CampFire #HillFire #Woolseyfire
The hills are alive with the sound of burning heather!!
Our favorite trail still isn't open after the big fires roamed these hills last fall, but we decided to walk along the road behind it, just to smell the sage, feel the warmth from the hillsides and watch the canyon slowly recover. It's sad to see the melted cacti and trees burnt to coal, but all over, green leaves are budding from the pitch black branches and life is coming back to our little trail ❤️
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Quick look of our dispatch center during the Woolsey Fire just a few short days after the Borderline Tragedy. At this time the center was still managing the #HIllfire and #Woolseyfire along with the daily activities. http://ow.ly/hBi650qUAOu
It’s hard to believe that a little over 5 months ago, the raging Hill Fire started here and burned everything you can see in this picture in a matter of minutes
In January and February, we had a downpour of rain, creating some mudslides, but also the opportunity for regrowth
As time passes, rebirth begins and now, among the burnt oak trees, are fresh green and gold grasses and wildflowers as far as the eye can see
Nature is truly beautiful, powerful and magnificent. (Luke thinks so too).
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