Bethel's Response to the Carr Fire


Bethel's Response to the Carr Fire

Aug 9, 2018

Salvation Army Distribution Center Moves to Salvation Army on Larkspur Lane

August 9, 2018

For the past several days, Bethel Church has served as a Salvation Army Distribution Center, providing supplies and assistance to the local Shasta County community.

As of Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 9:00am, the Distribution Center will be moved offsite to the Salvation Army located at 2691 Larkspur Lane. All donations and picking up of needed items by Carr Fire victims are now at that address.

The Distribution Center will be open from 9:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, closed on Sunday, and open Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 4:00pm. We are thankful to have had this opportunity to serve in this capacity, and are pleased to continue to serve in other ways within the community.

Bethel Becomes Distribution Center for Salvation Army

July 29, 2018

Schedule Update: The Distribution Center is now open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 2pm-7pm.

Our hearts are with families in our local community who have lost loved ones, lost homes, or have been displaced by the Carr fire. We want to update you on the role Bethel Church has been asked by the city to provide and what we are doing to come alongside our community.

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, Bethel Global Response met with the Red Cross and city officials about how we could partner with their efforts in the city and communicated that we’d love for them to use our College View campus however they saw fit. Due to our proximity to the fire and the limited accessibility of our College View campus, we are not a primary choice as an evacuation center. We wanted to meet the need, but had to do it safely and with permission. Instead, we were asked to assist with: providing supplies and volunteers to distribute food at the Shasta College Evacuation Center, search and rescue efforts, and staying available to city officials and other agencies for any needs.

On Sunday, July 29, 2018 we were invited to become a Distribution Center for the Salvation Army, and will open our doors at 9am tomorrow (July 30, 2018) at our College View campus located at 933 College View Drive. We will be open to the public from Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 2pm-7pm, until we are advised there is no longer a need. Moving forward, Bethel Global Response, our disaster relief team, will be providing the following support and services to the Redding community at the Distribution Center.

During the Sunday’s preparation to be a Distribution Center, Jordan Pacilio, Director of Bethel Global Response, said this about the team, “This is the first time we have provided disaster relief efforts while also being directly impacted by the disaster ourselves.”

The Distribution Center is located at 933 College View Drive. The general public can pick up what is needed at the Distribution Center daily, Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 2pm-7pm.

Resources Available:

  • Household Supplies
  • Baby Food: Diapers/Wipes, Personal Hygiene, Cleaning Supplies
  • Basic Food Supplies: Water Bottles/Gatorade, Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Cooling Center
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care
  • Restaurant-quality Hot Meals Provided by Mercy Chefs, 9am-7pm

We will release additional details as they become available. Please monitor Bethel Church social media accounts and for updates. For press inquiries:

Incident Update

July 27, 2018

On July 23, a fire began at Carr Powerhouse in Shasta County, CA. That fire has grown to 45,000 acres, and is still under low containment. This fire is presently encroaching on Redding, CA, along with other areas in Shasta County.

Our Bethel Global Response team is working, along with relief organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, to bring healing and hope to Redding, and our church family is praying for the miraculous to happen in our city to stop this fire. Here are some helpful pieces of information for those in Shasta County, and those who want to help.

Alongside the Red Cross and Salvation Army, we are working to bring healing and hope to Redding, and our church family is praying for the miraculous to happen in our city to stop this fire.

Local Resources




  • If your home is damaged or destroyed and you have homeowners insurance, contact your insurance company. Put in a claim. Verify that you can get reimbursed for hotel costs and gas money (and keep receipts).
  • For other financial needs, connect with the American Red Cross: 844-236-0153

Evacuation Updates/Access to homes


How To Pray

  • Winds to die down
  • Provision (fiscal and practical) covering for those who have lost much
  • Peace, safety and wisdom for our firefighters and first responders, as well as our officials
  • Joy and hope levels in our city to rise and in the relief centers
  • For certainty and strategy to battle the fire and to know its movements
  • For total containment
  • For the smoke to lift for planes to be able to provide air coverage
  • For no more loss of life
  • No more damaged property
  • Incredible breakthrough in this fire
  • Incredible provision
  • For our city not just rebound, but to be able to fully recover the way God intended

How To Give

  • Supply Donations: All supply donations (food, hygiene products, etc.) must be dropped off at the Salvation Army located at 2691 Larkspur Ln, Redding, CA 96002 to be processed.
  • Financial Donations: During the disaster, we were recommending donations to The Salvation Army, Red Cross, and Bethel Global Response. Thank you to so many who donated and partnered with this ministry to bring support in a time of need and help those affected by the Carr Fire.


We are incredibly blessed as a church by people all around the world praying for us, donating and supporting our community here in Redding. The generosity of gifts coming towards us is both humbling and much needed. Christians around the world are coming together and supporting a cause that is bigger than any one individual alone can carry.

When we first made the decision to give a financial gift for the people in our city who had lost their home, the numbers being reported were 150-200 homes. Within just three days, that number had climbed to over 1000 homes, and the amount we had expected to raise and give went from $200,000 to over $1,000,000 dollars. This was a step of faith for us to say “yes” to this commitment, $200,000 was a challenge, but doable in our own strength and resources. But $1,000,000 is a God-sized step of faith. We are believing Him for it, and are now in the process of reaching out to our friends around the globe to be the hands of Christ to our city in this moment. We are determined to honor this commitment, whether the generosity comes from gifts from the global community or from our own church finances.

It is our desire to offer a $1000 gift of assistance to residents who experienced the loss of both home and possessions because the home they were residing in was destroyed. This gift is intended to assist with emergency needs such as food, gasoline, air filters, etc. We are able to give one gift per home lost (not per person), to the people that were living in the home during the Carr Fire.

Who Can Access Assistance?

  • Home must have been your primary residence that you were currently living in
  • Home must be listed on the Housing Authority report as 50%+ destroyed
  • One gift per home (even if multiple people were living in the home)
  • Both owner occupied homes and renters who were living in the home are qualified

Who the Gift Is Not For

We are not able to provide financial assistance for those who lost their vacation home, 2nd home, or rental properties. Only those who were living in the home as their primary home qualify for assistance.

If you meet this criteria and would like to register for assistance, please click the link below. Please note that you will be required to provide and upload a valid Photo ID and verification that you lived in the home (such as a utility bill, mortgage, lease, or insurance statement). REU and PG&E will provide you with a copy of your July bill by email.

We appreciate your patience with us as we try to help – this will take time. This project has grown beyond our original expectation, and we are taking necessary steps to insure that someone doesn’t misappropriate or abuse the gift that was intended for victims of the Carr fire.

Application Deadline: September 21, 2018 — NOTE: The application deadline for this assistance has now passed. We are thankful that so many people from the community were able to receive this gift, and wish them all the best in the healing and recovery process.

Verified recipients for the assistance will have the choice of receiving the $1000 in Visa gift cards (purchased from Walmart, but spendable wherever Visa cards are accepted) or direct deposit.

Bethel Global Response Initiatives

Carr Fire Immediate Response — October 19, 2018

Carr Fire Long-Term Community Recovery Team — July 1, 2020

Carr Fire Homeowner Recovery Forestry Project — July 31, 2020

Forestry Initiative — October 20, 2022

About Bethel Church of Redding

Founded in 1954 and previously a part of the Assemblies of God, Bethel Church is a non-denominational church in Redding, California with a congregation of almost 10,000 people (including members, regular attendees, students, and children) in a city of approximately 91,000. To learn more about Bethel, we invite you to read our statement of faith and core values, discover our weekend service times, and listen to recent messages.



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