By Ashley Eisele
Back-to-back wildfires in Northern California forced the evacuation of Pacific Union College (PUC) twice during fall. Thankfully, the PUC family was blessed to remain safe during both the LNU Lightning Complex Fire and the Glass Fire, and the campus was not damaged.
Some of PUC’s students and employees used the time away from campus to give back to their Napa County community through service. Students, including the college’s athletes, distributed food and personal items to families affected by the fire at multiple distributions in the area.
Once local evacuation orders were lifted and PUC’s local community was allowed to return home, the school hosted multiple events with their partners Adventist Health St. Helena and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to provide warm meals, hygiene items, and 5-gallon jugs of water for hundreds of their Angwin neighbors who were also returning from evacuation.
The delicious food was prepared by local Napa Valley restaurants and Bon Appetit, who runs PUC’s cafeteria, and it was well received by the community, whose power had not been restored at the time.