Autumn Knight grew up in Paradise and Los Angeles, and she spent much of her childhood as a Girl Scout. Her mom Kate was her troop leader.
So when the Camp Fire ripped through Paradise last month, Kate put out the call to troops in Los Angeles County looking for donations to help fire survivors at Autumn's church in Paradise, Hope Christian Church, which was destroyed in the blaze.
Everyone wanted to help, but no one wanted to be in charge of actually gathering and delivering the donations. So Kate and Autumn took it on. They expanded the call beyond the Girl Scout community and created a Facebook group to find out what church members — around 300 before the fire — said they needed.
Kate and Autumn decided to package the donations into the form of suitcases, filling them with clothes, shoes, books and toys, all specifically requested by church members.
“The whole point with the suitcase is that we understand [survivors] don't have houses and places to put [things],” Autumn said.