I ‘ve lived in SoCal for more than half of my life and moved to Los Angeles as I pursued fashion design; however, I grew up in Ventura County. I am fortunate to hear that my family is still okay and weren’t asked to evacuate yet, there are still many people in need. The past few days have been unsettling for me. Three wildfires in California have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed thousands of homes and so far 44 people have died. I also have family in Nor Cal and as of Tuesday, 125,000 acres had been burned by the fire, called the Camp Fire. It has turned into the most destructive in the state’s history and one the most deadly fires.
Here’s how you can help:
- Research before you donate – Charity Navigator is a great source to consult.
- Donate money – go directly to Go Fund Me and research Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire, Camp Fire. Spread out your donations between all the families that need it. Even $10 is helpful. Some people think $10 isn’t a lot but when 10 people donate $10, that fire survivor now has $100 and they can now buy new necessities.
- Donate your time and volunteer – There’s many volunteer opportunities available and you can find them here —–> California Volunteers
- American Red Cross – The Red Cross is providing both shelter and emotional support for evacuees. You can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.
- Baby2Baby is distributing essential items to children affected by the ongoing fires. Help them supply diapers, wipes, blankets, and other basic baby needs by purchasing from their registry.
- Los Angeles Fire Department – You can donate directly and help them save lives.
- California Fire Foundation – is a nonprofit that is distributing emergency funds to fire victims, including distributing prepaid credit cards to help victims buy food, clothing, and shelter.
- AirBnB – They launched a program that asks people to open their homes to those affected by the fires. Until Nov. 29, the company is allowing residents to mark their homes as a place for evacuees and aid workers to stay for free.
- Humane Society Of Ventura County – This nonprofit is accepting donations to help animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. It is taking in domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and birds, as well as livestock.
- Caring Choices – This nonprofit, which is in Chico, Calif., has turned into a hub for organizing volunteers to help those affected by the Camp Fire. Volunteers are assigned a variety of duties, including caring for displaced animals and, for those who are certified doctors or nurses, offering medical care.