Man Donates 25,000 Baseball Cards to 9-Year-Old Girl Who Lost Collection in Wildfires

by Chris Haney

In October, hundreds of residents in California were left without a home because of record-setting wildfires in the state, including 9-year-old Reese Osterberg and her family.

Last month, the Fresno County Creek Fire devastated the area and the Osterberg family had to evacuate their home. The family lost everything they owned in the fires, including Reese’s prized baseball card collection. Reese is a huge baseball fan and she’s collected baseball cards for over three years now. Additionally, the avid baseball fan collected more than 100 cards before they were lost in the flames.

However, the Fresno County Fire crew heard about Reese and her family and decided they could help. The fire crew started to spread the word about Reese’s baseball card collection on their Facebook account. They requested help in collecting more baseball cards for the little girl, and people more than came through for Reese.

In fact, a man named Kevin Ashford of San Jose, CA saw the fire crew’s post and took action. Ashford has collected baseball cards since the ’90s, and he had thousands just sitting in his garage. Therefore, he decided to donate 25,000 baseball cards to Reese instead of selling them on eBay like he originally intended.

“I got to thinking about what I had in the garage,” Ashford told NBC Bay Area. “I thought, you know, what of instead of selling them on eBay, I’m going to donate them. I’m gonna donate them all and put a smile on a little girl’s face.”

“I would give anything to see the smile on her face when she receives them,” he said.

Ashford definitely brought Reese a bit of happiness during a tough time for her family with his act of generosity.

[H/T NBC Bay Area]

Wildfires in California Set State Record

Wildfires have spread throughout much of the west coast this year leading to record-breaking numbers in many of the states they have decimated, including California.

This year alone, wildfires have burned more than four million acres as of early October. That’s more than double the previous record for devastation in a single year. The previous record, set in 2018, was 1.67 million acres burned across the state. 

“The 4 million mark is unfathomable. It boggles the mind, and it takes your breath away,” said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). “And that number will grow.”

So far this year, California has seen more than 8,200 wildfires, which have killed more than 40 people. Additionally, the wildfires have destroyed over 8,400 buildings.