How to Help California Wildfire Victims

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How to Help California Wildfire Victims

California faces another huge wildfire tragedy

California faces another huge wildfire tragedy

Courtesy of BBC

California faces another huge wildfire tragedy

Courtesy of BBC

Courtesy of BBC

California faces another huge wildfire tragedy

Tiffany Vo, Photojournalist

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Across the state of California, three massive fires continue to destroy thousands of acres of land. The Camp Fire, located in Northern California, has burned about 130,000 acres and has become the state’s most deadliest fire recorded. In Southern California, another 105,000 acres have been ravaged by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. Statewide, there have been a total of 50 deaths, and residents have been actively evacuating, according to the New York Times.

Here are some ways to contribute and support the victims:

American Red Cross
Red Cross manages numerous evacuation centers for California residents (and their pets) seeking shelter.
Visit: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2018/california-wildfires-red-cross-helps-as-thousands-evacuate.html
Call: 1-800-RED-CROSS
Text: REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is giving out meals and gift cards to people directly affected by the fire. As of now, they have passed out 150,000 meals and over $100,000 worth of gift cards and other essentials. All donations are used towards relief efforts.
Visit: https://goldenstate.salvationarmy.org/golden_state_division/northern-california-wildfires/ (Northern California)
Visit: http://www.salvationarmy-socal.org/ (Southern California)

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund
This foundation aids in intermediate and long-term recovery. Grants donated are used towards rebuilding homes and helping mentally ill victims.
Visit: https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/

Humane Society of Ventura County
Pets are typically left behind and forced to try to evacuate on their own. This nonprofit organization aims to use all donations towards helping animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires, which can include shelter dogs, cats, birds, and even livestock.
Visit: https://www.hsvc.org/donate

Enloe Medical Center
Located in Northern California, Enloe Medical Center is a hospital near the Camp Fire. It is serving as an area for multiple evacuation centers.
Visit: https://www.enloe.org/

LAFD Foundation
The Los Angeles Fire Department is accepting donations that will directly benefit the firefighters and first responders currently battling the wildfires. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of new equipment, training programs, and outreach programs.
Visit: http://supportlafd.org/
Donate your car: https://careasy.org/nonprofit/Los-Angeles-Fire-Department-Foundation

Airbnb
The Airbnb Evacuee Program is providing temporary housing for victims of the Camp Fire that are in need of shelter. Anyone can become a host and sign up their home to provide housing for the people affected.
Visit: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/buttecounty

Donate and support the victims of the California wildfire today because “every effort and contribution matters.” Maddy Young (11)

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