For a high school volleyball team, making the state semifinals would normally be a big deal. But for the girls’ team at Paradise Adventist Academy in Northern California, this year was different. Some of the players had lost everything in the devastating wildfires — including their volleyball jerseys — and their match against Forest Lake Christian School suddenly felt less important. More than half of the team lost something they needed for that night. Still, the team and its fans agreed to make the 80-mile trip south to Auburn, California, for the game. When they arrived they got a big surprise: An selection of brand-new Paradise jerseys, along with kneepads, food and thousands of dollars in donations.
… When he learned that Paradise would still be coming to play, Forest Lake Christian’s Athletic Director set up a meeting with school administrators to see what they could do to help. In addition to waving the entrance fee for the game, administrators got the word about about what Paradise Adventist Academy would need — and the Auburn community responded.