CHICO, Calif. — When the Humbert family had to evacuate because of the Camp Fire last week, Carla Humbert thought they’d be back in their house soon.
"We didn’t take any memories," she told KTXL. "We didn’t take anything major, we just packed some overnight bags."
But, like thousands of their neighbors, there was no home left.
Without their house, the family’s son, Alexander, who has autism, lost the stability he's relied on in the past. He also lost his favorite thing in the world: his collection of playing cards.
This week, Alexander Humbert turned 28 but the family couldn’t celebrate at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Paradise as planned. So, Carla Humbert called a location in Chico.
"So," she said, "we called this Mountain Mike’s and they were so accommodating and so amazing."
She also got hold of her friend Jodi Rives, who has been helping fire victims. Rives went on social media and spread the word about the party and the perfect gift to bring.
During the celebration Tuesday, in the same room at the pizza restaurant, something amazing happened. People kept showing up, bringing with them decks of playing cards.
In total, Alexander Humbert has received hundreds of cards. It was a small offering that meant the world to a family that lost so much.
"I would like to say so much, thank you, gratitude to everybody who came and just did this," Carla Humbert said. "It seems small, a deck of cards. But, you know, for us, that’s gold. There is nothing more important to me than making Alexander happy."
For more information on Rives' mission to help wildfire victims, click here to access a GoFundMe page.