CHICO, California (AP) ̵
1; A businessman suffering from the destruction of paradise caused by a deadly northern coastal area in California gave Tuesday $ 1000 to students and employees from
Property Developers and Restaurant owner Bob Wilson arrived at Chico nearby with two suitcases filled with checks of $ 1.1 million for Paradise High School 980 students and 105 teachers and employees.
Wilson comes from the San Diego area and said he thought about donation after reading a Los Angeles Times story about high school still standing with students scattered and separated from each other. A student told the newspaper that he failed to spend time with his friends at local hangouts and another said she was crying all the time.
Wilson is 90 years old and said in an interview that his memories from high school in the 1940s inspired him to act.
His intention was to make the children smile and “give a little freedom to do what they wanted to do and maybe think about what happened in a short period of time.”
He said to read about the difficulties that the Paradise High School faced students broke his heart and he wanted them to know someone cares about them.
“High school had a major impact on my life,” he said. “In fact, I would say it was the first, last and only really carefree time.”
School director Loren Lighthall said he thinks 900 students lost their homes because of the fire that killed 88 people.
“Bob’s donation puts money in every child’s pocket right now for food, gas, clothes, for essential things,” he said.