Remember Wildfire Recovery this Holiday Season
Wildfires in California caused widespread damage to property and claimed dozens of lives over the past several months. Thousands of homes and businesses were lost across the state. Federal and State agencies have been tasked with assisting displaced residents and cleaning up damage. Still, this may not be enough and communities are relying on one another for help. Here is how you can get involved:
Thomas Fire Fund
- The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund.
- Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call (805) 485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County's website.
- Checks with "Thomas Fire Fund" in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.
The Salvation Army
- The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
- You can donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website.
The Red Cross
- The Red Cross of Los Angeles will update its social media accounts with information about volunteer opportunities.
- Make a cash donation on redcrossla.org or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
The Humane Society of Ventura County
- The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals.
- Drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant Street in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
- Donate food and water for volunteers, or make a cash donation on HSVC's website.
Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
- Donate to Noah's Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
- Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through the LACACF website.
- Dozens of families who've already lost their homes have turned to GoFundMe for donations.
- Here is a list of all the verified campaigns for the Southern California region.
- Here’s a list of GoFundMe pages dedicated to California fire relief across the State.
- Santa Barbara-based organization Direct Relief is donating 100% of designated funds to victims of the wildfires.
- Donate money for supplies online and make sure you direct your donation to "Southern California Wildfires."
For additional ways to assist fire victims and their communities, you can call my office at (909) 902-9606.