Brian Parnell organized the Idyllwild Strong benefit.
Photo by JP Crumrine

The Cranston Fire destroyed seven homes on the Hill and damaged other structures. The loss of electricity for several days ruined food, even in a refrigerator, causing it to be discarded.

The reaction of many members of the community was to organize events to help the individuals who suffered major losses.

Idyllwild Strong, a three-day musical event, was the weekend of Aug. 17 - 19. This month, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild has organized “Call of the Wyld,” a concert and silent auction. At the end of the month, the Idyllwild Fire Department also will sponsor an event with music and food.

Brian Parnell was the principal organizer of Idyllwild Strong, which proved to be extremely successful. More than $34,000 has been collected and donations continue to arrive, he said last week.

“There was so much generosity,” he said. “And the people in need are so really humble about it.”

Individuals who need help may submit a Disaster Relief Grant application to Young Idyllwild, who sponsored the event. The funds will be dispersed based on the needs that individuals describe on their applications. These are available at the Idyllwild Library or by sending an email to [email protected] requesting the application.