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December 13, 2018

Real estate developer gives $1,000 to high school students and staffers affected by Camp Fire

November 29, 2018
Paradise High School faculty and students got $1,000 each from businessman Bob Wilson, with a total donation to be worth more than $1 million. (CBS)

A 90-year-old California real estate developer is helping Paradise residents rebuild their lives after a devastating forest fire ravaged their town.

Paradise High School faculty and students got $1,000 each from businessman Bob Wilson, according to CBS, which reports his total donation to be worth more than $1 million. All but 80 of the school’s 980 students reportedly lost their homes in the Camp Fire, which destroyed 240 square miles before finally being contained Sunday.




According to Wilson, he decided “on the spot” that he would cut checks to all 980 students and 105 staffers while trying to digest the enormity of the tragedy.

“For me, high school… was an idyllic time of my life, you might say,” the San Diego-based millionaire said. “I thought about these kids, and I thought about my experience. And I said, you know, if I could just put a smile on their face.”

The school’s principal told CBS many of her students would hand over their four-figure checks to their parents so they could use it for basic essentials.

The Camp Fire was responsible for at least 85 deaths and some area residents are still missing. South of that inferno, the Woolsey Fire, which largely coincided with the Camp Fire, killed three people and caused nearly a quarter million people to flee their homes.

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