Bob Wilson never went to paradise, the city of California cremated by the deadly camp fire. But when a 90-year-old businessman became aware of the devastation of the city, he realized he had to act.
"I could not help thinking," How can I help? "Said Wilson, a real estate developer and co-owner of a chain of restaurants at Fish Market in California, at the Washington Post.
A special report on the difficulties faced by Paradise High School students, hundreds of whom lost their homes as a result of the fire, reached an agreement with Wilson.
"I made the decision two or three minutes after reading the information, to give something to these children," he told NBC News. "So they could have a good time and I could smile at them and maybe even cheer them up."
Tuesday night, Tuesday, Wilson, who lives in Los Angeles and San Diego, went to the city of Chico to meet students and staff at Paradise High School. He brought two suitcases, each containing hundreds of $ 1,000 checks: one for each student and each staff member, including guards and bus drivers, to the school.
According to the Post, Wilson personally spent hours in his office preparing checks, totaling 1,085, for a total value of about $ 1.1 million.
He also wrote letters to students, including: "Know that you are not alone, because someone as far away as San Diego is rooting you and firmly believes that tomorrow will be better than today. # 39; hui ".
Wilson said that he had considered other ways to help the school, but decided that the best way to lend a hand was to give money directly to students and staff, unconditionally, to use them at their school. will.
"Let them understand what they want to do," Wilson told KHSL-TV. "Maybe they will help their family, maybe they want to buy gas for their car, maybe they want to buy a bike, it's their decision."
Paradise students and staff expressed their gratitude and admiration for Wilson's generosity. Many also said that the occasion was an opportunity for the community to come together. Classes should only resume Monday for Paradise students. They will take place in a commercial center of Chico.
"Not only was it generous, but it sort of brought everyone together," Breanna Tamayo's mother told KCRA-TV. "My daughter has seen a lot of her friends. And so it was more than money, it was very generous of him. "
Wilson insisted, however, that he was the one who made the most of this exchange.
"It's like Christmas," Wilson told The Paradise Post. "For me."