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Springfield organizations partner to help California wildfire victims

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Last edited 2:32 p.m., Nov. 21, 2018

Convoy of Hope is on the ground in California, and several local breweries and a manufacturer have an event planned to help wildfire victims in The Golden State.

Springfield-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope announced last week it was deploying truckloads of supplies containing items such as food, water, hygiene kits, masks and cots to the Camp Fire area in northern California, according to a news release. The deadliest and most destructive in California’s history, the fire has left 81 people dead, with another 700 unaccounted for. It’s destroyed over 12,600 residences, more than 480 commercial buildings and some 3,700 other structures, according to NPR.

“The fires raging in California are like a scene from a horrific movie. People’s lives have been turned upside-down. Entire communities have been destroyed,” Convoy of Hope spokesman Jeff Nene said in a video update. “We have been sending tractor-trailers filled with these life-saving supplies, and we will continue to send them until the need is met.”

Convoy of Hope Public Relations Director Jessica Blake said that as of Monday morning, the nonprofit had sent nearly 10 truckloads of supplies to Chico, California, where they’re being distributed to people in need.

"Convoy of Hope has shipped more than 300,000 pounds of product to California and has served more than 16,000 individuals affected by Camp Fire," Blake said via email Wednesday afternoon.

Locally, stainless steel equipment manufacturer Paul Mueller Co. (OTC: MUEL), 4 by 4 Brewing Co. LLC, Lost Signal Brewing Co., Mother’s Brewing Co., Springfield Brewing Co., Tie & Timber Beer Co. and White River Brewing Co. are partnering on a planned Dec. 14 fundraising event.

Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. shared its Resilience IPA recipe with breweries across the country to raise money for wildfire victims. The local breweries will partner together Nov. 27 on Giving Tuesday to make their own version of the IPA, according to a news release.

The beer — to be made at Springfield Brewing Co. — will be transported to the participating breweries and sold to the public on Dec. 14. Paul Mueller is donating a pub serving tank to Springfield Brewing Co. to distribute the beer, and the manufacturer also committed to match funds raised by the Resilience IPA up to $2,500. All proceeds raised by the breweries will go toward helping wildfire victims.

“Our hearts go out to all the families impacted by the wildfires,” said David Moore, president and CEO of Paul Mueller Co., in the release. “This is a tremendous collaborative effort spearheaded by our customer Sierra Nevada, and we want to contribute to the generous efforts of our local brewers.”

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