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Quilts distributed to CZU Lightning Complex fire survivors

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) Volunteers with the CZU Lightning Fire Quilts drive are handing out their quilts to fire survivors during a two-day giveaway.

The group was given 300 quilts by organizations around California and other states- including Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio- to be handed out Friday and Saturday at the Live Oak Grange.

"I'm absolutely awed from the generosity of my fellow quilters, and we hope that we are serving a purpose and making somebody's day a little bit better," said Lori Camner, the co-chair of the CZU Lightning Fire Quilt Drive and member of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association.

Families will come at scheduled times to pick from a selection while wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. Camner said organizers hope to have a giveaway drive every month until it is no longer needed.

Those who would like to get a quilt are asked to contact the group on Facebook or email

The CZU Lightning Complex, which grew to 86,509 acres, destroyed 1,490 structures, and many of those were homes in Santa Cruz County. One person died in the fire.

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