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Local realtors help Niland fire victims

Niland Fire 1
Imperial County Fire Department
Firefighters battle blaze near Niland

Those who sells homes lend a hand to those left homeless - News 11's Gianella Ghiglino reports

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - This past July a brushfire in Niland displaced over 500 people and left 130 without a home.

There are still many people still picking up the pieces.

A group of local realtors decided to help. As realtors, they understand the value of a home and so the idea to help the victims of the Niland rebuild their lives and their home was born. The group of realtors began a gift card drive.

They are giving away gift cards to local restaurants and stores like Walmart. "We are hoping they are able to rebuild the life they had with these gift cards maybe buy household items they lost," said Mario Valenzuela, Realtor.

Coming up on the Evening Edition, News 11 Gianella Ghiglino speaks to local realtors about their generous act.

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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