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In 2007, two friends, Larry Reed and Ralph Vogal of Pioneer California began cutting firewood for themselves out of need out of necessity, because they were retired on fixed incomes. While splitting wood, they were constantly approached by other retired fixed income residents. They all would inquire about the wood being split and expressed they were in desperate need of firewood as winter would be fast approaching but could not afford and/or were physically unable of gathering their own wood. From that day on the two men never stopped cutting wood for those in need.


With no money to give, many wood recipients would donate whatever they could to return the favor. Often a gallon of gas, some oil, sometimes broken chainsaws, and even canned food. Whatever they could to keep the two men cutting and splitting wood. Soon the community named them the “Wood Angels.”

Sadly, both men passed away in 2015. To carry on their mission the remaining volunteers established a non-profit 501 (c) 3 in 2016 to carry on the Wood Angels project in their honor.

We are still serving Amador County, California today. The purpose of the Wood Angels is to provide a free truck load firewood to seniors, elderly, disabled and low-income veterans and residents of our community that are struggling to stay warm in the winter. We are always looking for volunteers and donors to help us keep Larry and Ralphs vision alive. 


The Founders- Ralph and Larry with a few of the volunteers

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