Here’s How You can Help Those Affected by the Recent Wildfires
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, not devastation. Yet hundreds of people have lost their homes and a firefighter has lost his life battling some of the worst wildfires the state has ever seen. The Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is now ranked as the 3rd worst in state history.
But as we've seen time and time again, Californians are so remarkable in times of tragedy at coming together to help each other, especially our generous readers. In the spirit of giving, we want to let you know how you can help those affected by California’s recent wildfires.
We love the California Firefighter Foundation because it provides assistance to both victims and firefighters who have spent countless hours risking their lives to ensure our safety.
You can show your appreciation to firefighters year-round this holiday season with a monthly tax-deductible donation to the California Fire Foundation. To donate, visit: https://t.co/DZo1X9eSZA pic.twitter.com/gtIOZUK8vM
— CA Fire Foundation (@CAFireFound) December 5, 2017
The United Way of Ventura County and United Way of Santa Barbara county has teamed up with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in establishing the Thomas Fire Fund.
Listen to UWVC President & CEO, Eric Harrison's interview on KCLU: “This is hope for people that have been completely devastated.” https://t.co/dE1ySf5S1W
— United Way of VC (@vcunitedway) December 12, 2017
The United Way chapter in Los Angeles has also set up a fire relief fund.
As has the United Way Bay Area for victims of the October fires in NorCal.
Animals also need our help. The impact on wildlife and pets has been enormous. The Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting donations to care for displaced animals in the area.
PLEASE DONATE: The HSVC has taken in hundreds of animals displaced by the #thomasfire. Please make your donation on our website at: https://t.co/ICMa2TK2Zw #ThomasFireOjai #thomasfireventura #OjaiFire #ojai #ojaivalley #805 #humanesociety pic.twitter.com/PGL7K4ilyT
— Humane Society of VC (@HSVC_OJAI) December 8, 2017
One of the best ways you can help our furry friends is by supporting your local animal shelter. Los Angeles is urgently seeking foster parents for shelter pets.
Baby2Baby is an excellent organization that focuses on infants and children. They have created an Amazon registry for our littlest victims.
Make an immediate impact on the victims of the Southern California fires using our registry. Baby2Baby 2 The Rescue has partners on the ground in the impacted areas & we are collecting high need items for the children and families affected by the fires. https://t.co/wmmS2UXHKU pic.twitter.com/iYZimi0z7l
— Baby2Baby (@baby2baby) December 6, 2017
Finally, we can’t help but think of the scores of Christmas and Hanukkah presents that must have been destroyed in these blazes. While essentials like food and water take priority, now is also a good time to check out the many toy drives taking place for fire victims in your area.