Members of the Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oregon have joined forces with local service organizations to help their fellow congregants and community members after fires destroyed thousands of homes in early September.
“I had my 17-year-old daughter go to all the neighbors around just [to] see if they were all okay and if they had an evacuation plan,” said Hollie Nightingale, Relief Society president of the Lincoln City congregation on the Oregon coast.
Nightingale recalls that when the windstorm started blowing fire toward her coastal neighborhood, it caught many neighbors by surprise.
“One of the sweet older ladies in the neighborhood — she didn't even realize there was a fire,” said Nightingale. “She was like, ‘Evacuation for what?’ She goes, ‘I just thought it was a cloudy day.’”