Rodgers asks for your help

Donates $1 million to California fire victims

Mike Clemens
November 21, 2018 - 11:38 pm

Green Bay, WI - Aaron Rodgers has been monitoring the events unfolding in his home state of California. 

Rodgers went to to kindergarten in Paradise, California, population 27,000. He has numerous friends there. Competed in sports with school teams from the area. Played quarterback at nearby Butte Junior College, the launching point of his career to CAL University, and a first round pick into the NFL by the Green Bay Packers in 2005.

Paradise is no more.

It's believed sparks from a power line ignited a brush fire, which grew and grew as high winds drove it toward the town. 

So far, 83 dead. Over 500 residents still missing. 

Rodgers has been in contact with the mayor of his hometown, Chico, California, now a staging area with tent cities of thousands of displaced families seeking shelter and food. He discussed friends reports of people trapped in their cars as the fires raced through town and Interstate 99 there. 

On the eve of Thanksgiving, 153,336 acres of Butte County, in Northern California have been burned. The fire is still burning, although 85% has been contained. 18,886 structures have been destroyed. Over 14,000 homes, 514 businesses, and 4,129 other buildings also have gone up in flames.  

Today Rodgers announced on Twitter he is donating $1,000,000.00 to a relief fund called The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund. 

Rodgers says in a video that the insurance company he has served as a spokesperson, State Farm, and their Neighborhood of Good Foundation, will donate $1 every time someone retweets Rodgers Twitter message, up to a total donation of $1,000,000.00. People are asked to seek and retweet this message:  #Retweet4Good 

Rodgers also announced that the Green Bay Packers will write a check worth $250,000.00 to the wildfire relief fund, and thanked team CEO/President Mark Murphy for the team's donation. 

According to the fund's website, "The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund will support the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California and, in addition to meeting their basic needs, will focus on:

Kids Programs (in school, after school, extracurricular), Youth and High School Sports, Housing (temporary structures for displaced Paradise residents as they rebuild)

Tragically, the Camp Fire in Butte County has been declared the most devastating and deadliest wildfire in California history. The healing and recovery needs are massive based on the levels of trauma and tragedy inflicted. With this in mind, Aaron Rodgers, a native of Butte County, has partnered with the North Valley Community Foundation to establish the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund, to address our communities’ long-term recovery needs."