8 Ways You Can Help Victims of the California Wildfires Right Now
Wildfires continued to rage in California this weekend, leaving hundreds of thousands of families displaced and nearly 7,000 homes destroyed. As of this morning, 31 people have lost their lives in what are being called the most destructive fires in California history. Here, eight ways you can help those affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.
Donate to Help Rebuild
There are several GoFundMe campaigns to help families whose homes were destroyed rebuild after their devastating loss.
Provide Shelter & Food to Displaced Families
The American Red Cross has set up temporary shelters and food sites in areas hit by the fires. Donations to the charity will help provide comfort and necessities to those who’ve been displaced. Either text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or visit the website for more ways to help.
Volunteer Your Time
California Volunteers has created a list of easy ways to help victims, including local volunteering options.
Support Volunteer Firefighters
The Firefighters Charitable Foundation is accepting donations to support volunteer firefighters and those impacted by the fires.
Help Feed Displaced Animals
The Human Society of Ventura County is currently caring for animals displaced by the Hill and Woolsey fires. They’re accepting food and monetary donations to feed and nurture evacuated animals. You can also give toys and supplies via their Amazon wish-list.
Donate to First Responders
Direct Relief provides healthcare resources to first responders fighting fires across California. The organization also maintains inventory of N-95 masks and respiratory medications that help keep them safe.
Give to the Wildfire Relief Fund
Proceeds to the CCF Wildlife Relief Fund help support recovery and containment efforts, as well as long-term preparedness.
Open Up Your Home
AirBnb is encouraging those with available space to provide shelter for evacuated families and relief workers.