By George Johnston
The fires that ravaged areas of California this month have had a devastating impact on the Wine Country. Buildings were destroyed, lives were forever changed and people were left to recuperate from their losses. Benicia High School saw the repercussions of the fire and became good Samaritans to their nearby cities.
When the fires first started raging, Benicia High School’s administration began thinking of ways to help. Following Hurricane Harvey a few weeks earlier, Benicia High adopted two high schools in the Houston area that had been affected and started fundraising for them. The school used this as its basis for helping those affected by natural disasters and saw what Northgate Christian Fellowship was doing by supporting fire victims with donations and decided to partner with the church. Over the course of several days, the school gathered enough supplies to fill a van with.
“We did this because we felt the need to help in any way that we could and because our parents and students wanted to be a part of a positive response as well,” Benicia High Principal Brianna Kleinschmidt said.