The Valley Fire started on September 12 in the small community of Cobb Mountain just short of three hours north of San Jose. More than 17,000 people were evacuated over a two-week period. After finally being able to return to the area, many found they had nothing to return to and had tragically lost all of their belongings. This prompted the students of Saint John Vianney School to reach out and help serve these people in need through simple donations of Halloween costumes.
Jessica Olson, a teacher at Saint John Vianney School writes, “Cobb Mountain is the area I grew up in and my parents currently live there today. Visiting the community after the devastation of the Valley Fire was like visiting a place I had never before seen. Many of the people I knew and grew up with lost everything in the fire. I spent the a weekend sifting through the ashes of what remained of many family’s memories. This displacement is extremely difficult for families, especially the children. Cobb Mountain Elementary School was just celebrating their first day back after being out of school for a month. Thanks to the students and staff of Saint John Vianney School, these students will have costumes to celebrate Halloween and hopefully provide some normalcy during this time of devastation.”