SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — It started with one Christmas tree placed on a burned out lot.
On Saturday, it grew into a holiday celebration among the survivors of the deadly Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa’s devastated Coffey Park neighborhood.READ MORE: Santa Clara Shoe Store Ransacked in Late Night Smash-and-Grab Robbery
Local businesses donated additional decorations, a bounce house was set up for the kids and several food trucks were brought in.
Snow was even trucked into one of the cul-de-sacs and Santa Claus made a visit.
“I’m just overwhelmed by the love and the generosity,” said fire victim Janet Reisner. “I know that people have lost their homes and they’re putting all of this on their lots so people can enjoy Christmas.”READ MORE: COVID Omicron: Rush To Vaccinate In East Bay As New Variant Emerges
For the first time in almost two months, Coffey Park was once again a vibrant neighborhood filled with families, friends and familiar faces.
“It’s amazing what these volunteers have done to decorate the neighborhood,” said fire victim Don Dean. “Just absolutely amazing.”
For fire victim Cliff Hollenbeck, the gathering was a sign of hope.MORE NEWS: Lee Elder, 1st Black Golfer To Play Masters, Dies At Age 87
“I see a new community being rebuilt again,” he said. “It’s bringing back hope. They have hope and their faith is still here.”