Generosity Emerges in Wake of Fires

MEDFORD — After the Spanish Mass Sept. 20 at Sacred Heart Parish here, Archbishop Alexander Sample passed along a fire relief check from Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton in the amount of $10,000.

That adds to the thousands of dollars donated by Southern Oregon Catholics to help peers who lost their homes in the region’s devastating Almeda Fire. A large wicker contribution basket stands in front of the altar at Sacred Heart.

“I try to have a 24-hour turnaround,” said Father Ken Sampson, pastor of Sacred Heart, which saw 150 parishioners lose homes, many of them Hispanics of modest means. “As soon as we get a contribution, we get it out to the families.”

Some households who lived in mobile homes had in the past been turned down for homeowners insurance, leaving them financially devastated.

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