Thanksgiving in Paradise after deadly California fires shows #humansaregood

By Pau Costa Foundation on

Like so many holidays, Thanksgiving easily risks taking on a numbingly commercial tone. Sponsored parades. Morning show turkey recipes. Black Friday specials.

But if you want to find the real spirit of this quintessentially American tradition, come with us to the hellish landscape of Paradise, California.

On the surface, there would appear to be little for which to be thankful. Flames killed more than 80 people, leveled the entire town of 27,000 residents and charred 150,000 bucolic acres. Now rains are coming, and possible mud slides.

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