Last night, I received an email from the La Cañada YMCA saying "... our first responders fighting the La Tuna fire are asking our Y members, staff and volunteers to mobilize a water drive to collect most needed drinking water for the firefighters."
My husband and I joined the line of cars on Foothill Boulevard on Sunday to drop off several cases of water at the La Cañada Y. The eager and energetic KAYA (Korean American Youth Awareness) volunteers quickly unloaded case after case of water from our cars to help our firefighters.
When we bought the water at Vons in Montrose early this morning, a woman in front of me said they had parked their other car in front of their Oakmont home in case evacuation became necessary — but there the family was, buying water to help out. I noticed almost every shopping cart in Von's had cases of water.
Joe, the store manager, said they were restocking their water supply to keep up with the demand and that Vons had been donating apples, oatmeal and other supplies to the firefighters.
As I write this, red water-scooping helicopters have been flying over our house in Montecito Park to the water-pickup spot across the 2 Freeway and quickly returning to drop it on the fires near Whiting Woods and Oakmont.
We can all feel grateful for the firefighters highest level of service to our community. The community came together today to support them in a small way and thank them for their courageous service.
Susan James Carr