7 Ways to Help Those Affected by the Wildfires

As wildfires continue to rage across the west coast, it’s easy to feel helpless. However, there are multiple ways we can lend our support from afar.

We compiled a list of foolproof ideas to help those affected by the tragic wildfires. Not only do these options provide aid to families who are being forced to leave their homes, but they also give back to first responders on the frontlines.

Here, seven ways to help out (and none of them involve leaving your couch).

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1. Donate Directly

There are countless personal fundraisers that can be found via a simple Google search. For example, GoFundMe launched the Wildfire Relief Fund, which is geared toward helping families and communities recover from the devastating fires. *Bookmarks page*

2. Give back to first responders

Introducing Direct Relief, an organization that provides healthcare resources—like N-95 masks—to first responders fighting fires across California.

3. Send a text message

The American Red Cross is setting up temporary shelters and food sites in areas that are affected by the fires. To make a $10 donation, all you need to do is text WILDFIRES to 90999.

4. Support relief organizations

Not only does the CCF Wildlife Relief Fund support containment efforts, but it also aims to help build long-term preparedness.

5. Help volunteer organizations

If you want to give back to everyday heroes, consider donating to the Firefighters Charitable Foundation, which supports volunteer fire departments.

6. Send a meal

Courtesy of Meals of Gratitude, donors can send food to firefighters, evacuees and other frontline workers.

7. Back the Salvation Army

Organizations like the Salvation Army are doing their part in supporting affected communities. By making a donation through its official website, you can be certain that 100 percent of the proceeds are going toward relief efforts.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...