A man who gave $1,000 to each student and employee at a California high school damaged by the state's deadly Camp Fire said on The Story that making those affected by the blaze happy is "all the compensation" he needs.

Bob Wilson, 90, reportedly donated more than $1 million to Paradise High School, which consists of 980 students and 105 teachers and staff members.

"They say that money cannot buy happiness, but you're talking to the happiest guy on the planet," he said Friday. "I couldn't be happier with what I did for these kids who aren't able to enjoy high school like I did."

Wilson, a restaurant owner and real estate developer, said that even at 90 years of age, he still has fond memories of high school.


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Northern California's Camp Fire destroyed most of the schools in the city of Paradise, according to NPR.

At least 88 people were killed in the fire, which became the deadliest blaze in California's history.

Wilson told Martha MacCallum on Friday that he had no connection whatsoever to Paradise High School or the city itself, but it didn't matter.

"I just thought maybe some guy 600 miles away could maybe put a smile on their face," he said.

He added that taking people's minds off of the trauma the city has endured is "all the compensation I want."

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