Getty Images: Fitria Ramli / EyeEm

In November, the Camp Fire swept through the city of Paradise, California, destroying much of the town and killing at least 88 people. When Bob Wilson witnessed the suffering of Paradise's students on his local news, he immediately knew he had to do something. Not long after, he arrived in Paradise with a briefcase filled with $1.1 million in gifts.


Wilson gained his fortune through "commercial real estate and shopping centers." He is also partial owner of six Fish Market restaurants in California. But although he's found success in adulthood, he still remembers his High School years with fondness:

"High school had a great impact on my life. In fact, I would say it was the first, last and only truly carefree time."



According to NBC News, he wanted to be sure every student in Paradise had a shot at getting that same experience, despite the disaster that had engulfed their town:

"I made the decision within two or three minutes of reading the news, that I would like to give these kids something. So they could have some good times and I could put a smile on their faces and maybe lift their spirits."



And so, on Tuesday, November 27, the "980 students and 105 staff members" of Paradise High School gathered at nearby Chico High School, where Wilson gave them each a check for $1,000. The $1.1 million total included checks for teachers, janitors, and bus drivers, all of whom were equally affected by the Camp Fire.



The gathering also served another purpose—bringing friends together for a reunion. Senior Kate Minderhoud told the Paradise Post:

"It's been good to see everybody. Everyone is just so excited to see everyone. It's been heartwarming to see them because there's so much angst pent up for so long. So that when you see everyone you realize that it's so awesome just to see them — that we got out and we're so lucky."



Some estimates believe as many as 5,000 students have been displaced by the fire, which destroyed most of the schools in Paradise. According to NPR, "with their homes gone, many families are living in hotels or makeshift tent cities."


People online were inspired by Wilson's heart:







The school district plans to re-open Monday using several temporary solutions while a long-term strategy is being put into effect for January. Paradise Intermediate and Paradise High School students will both be taking classes at the nearby Chico Mall. The school district wrote on its website:

"We are not going anywhere. We are Ridge Strong. Please take care of yourself and your families, and we look forward to seeing you again soon."

H/T - NPR, Paradise Post

Image by ANURAG1112 from Pixabay

Any engaged couple looks forward to the big day when after months of planning, they get to tie the knot and declare their love in front of family and friends.

Keep reading... Show less
Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

Sometimes I think back to a teacher I had when I was a kid who demanded to know whether any of us were "raised in a barn" in response to crappy behavior. Namely littering. She hated littering. Can you blame her? It's a horrible habit and some people do it with no sense of shame. She dedicated much of her time to telling students to pick up after themselves and dispose of things properly. For that, I'm thankful.

But why didn't anyone else get the memo? The trash I see on the streets is obscene.

People had lots of thoughts to share after Redditor SneakyStriedker876 asked the online community,

"What seemingly uncivilized thing is commonplace in society?"
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Cucu Petronela from Pixabay

I love presents. I try to hide my enthusiasm, and I do my best to appease the greater public by saying "it's the thought that counts." But that is a WHOLE lie. I don't just love gifts, I love great gifts. And if you go rogue from my lists, please keep a receipt. It's just plain rude to divert from what the recipient has requested.

This thought process has emerged from experience. I have received some trash presents over the years and now I'm too old to pretend you just went crazy while shopping. Like... "do you even know me?!"

Redditor u/sulemannkhann wanted to hear all about the presents some of us have received that we prayed, came with a receipt, by asking:

What's the worst birthday gift you ever got?
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Pawel86 from Pixabay

I'm still on the fence about this whole extraterrestrial situation. I need more proof. Now I'm not naive enough to think that in this vast, endless universe only the human race exists. I just need proof, tangible, solid, didn't see it from my trailer through beer goggles proof.

I also need proof about the afterlife, another out there topic. Truth be told, I've never been that into this whole conversation. I've got enough daily problems on this planet, let alone worrying about making Will Smith's biggest hits into documentaries and not just popcorn/comedy space farce.

But let's compare thoughts...

Redditor u/ValencikHannibal197 wanted to discuss life beyond this planet, what do we really think? They asked:

What's the best theory on UFOs or aliens you've ever heard??
Keep reading... Show less