CLOVIS, Calif. — Help is on the way for residents and firefighters impacted by the Detwiler Fire.
One Clovis mother is collecting donations in honor of her late son, Rocco Rossini that died over a year ago in an accident.
Rocco’s mother, Sharla Deaton said after seeing the devastation of the Detwiler Fire, she wanted to give back.
With her late son’s birthday less than a week away, she thought helping cal firefighters and evacuated residents would be the best way to remember him.
“It was a tragic loss for our family and we miss him at every moment of every day,” said Sharla Deaton, Rocco’s Mother.
To honor him, she has come up with “Roc it Forward” to give back in his name. After she saw the devastation of the Detwiler fire, she knew she had to act.
“I knew in my heart that Rocco would be so happy and so thankful to be a part of helping those in need,” said Deaton.
To help, she is holding a donation drive for anything that firefighters and the evacuees might need.
“We need a lot of toiletries, tooth paste, chap stick, sunscreen,” said Deaton.
In just a short amount of time, they have already collected dozens of necessities. The donation drops are held at four different locations in Clovis and Fresno.
Each donation drop is hosted by someone special to Rocco. Vanessa Noble, was Rocco’s nanny since he was a young boy.
“He was full of life. He was super energetic and everyday was something new,” said Vanessa Noble, Rocco’s nanny.
She said his death left a great void in her life. She had to help take in donations, when Sharla called with the idea.
“He would have been all over it. He would have been trying to help us, he would have been so stoked to help,” said Noble.
Now both Sharla and Vanessa just hope they collect enough.
“We know they need our support and help as well,” said Noble.
They will be collecting donations until Thursday and then on Friday they will be taking them to the evacuation centers in Oakhurst next Friday.
3462 Smith Lane in Clovis, 1193 North Cherry Lane in Clovis, 434 West Portland in Clovis, 7487 East Ramona Way in Fresno and a Merced drop off at 1714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.