It’s been two months since a huge firefighting effort contained the Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County, a tragic, murderous blaze that killed eight people and destroyed at least 540 structures. The deadliest series of fires in California history created scars that will last for years.

Even as northern California begins to rebuild and heal, the threat around the state is far from over. Firefighters in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties work to contain the devastating Thomas Fire. Our hearts go to those displaced and traumatized by these sudden disasters.

As our community rebuilds and heals, Flow Kana is helping and will continue to serve. There is so much to be done. We have been proud to serve Saucy’s food at the Redwood Valley Grange community meeting in October to the hundreds gathered for fire information. In November, we were grateful to serve food to the Redwood Valley community at the Thanksgiving feast.

Above: Flow Kana provides Saucy’s food to community members attending the October 24, 2017 Redwood Valley Complex Fire Information Meeting at the Grange in Redwood Valley. Header photo: Flow Kana was proud to serve a Thanksgiving feast to the Redwood Valley community Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Other ways we’ve sought to contribute include donations to the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and North Coast Opportunities, local funds that support community members affected by the fires.

In November, we hosted a weekend wellness retreat to raise funds, including a company-wide raffle whose proceeds go to NCO. We also helped financially support individual members of the Redwood Valley community and Flow Kana family who suffered losses. In December, we’re hosting a holiday toy drive at the Flow Cannabis Institute for children whose holidays have been interrupted.

Being a part of the community means reveling in the joys and supporting each other through tougher times. Flow Kana feels privileged to be a part of this community and to work along side its members to rebuild. We know there is much more help needed. If you’d like to help those affected by the fires, financial donations can be made directly to North Coast Opportunities and the Community Foundation of Mendocino County.

Flow Kana hosted a wellness retreat and raffle to benefit North Coast Opportunities on Saturday, November 18. Photo credit – Kurt Kugel.