The Ca. Wildfires And How You Can Help

The death toll in Northern California's Camp fire rose to 59 as six more bodies were found, officials said. There are still nearly 300 people from the area that are missing. The fire has already been called the largest and deadliest in the history of California.

The latest victims were found in homes located in Paradise.

So far, only 35 percent of the fire is contained. About 6,000 firefighters are continuing to fight the blaze, which is still burning on more than 130,000 acres of land.

In Southern California, the Woolsey fire has claimed at least two lives in Malibu. More than 400 structures have been destroyed along with 97,000 acres of land burned, but it's now 40 percent contained.

At times like these it's great to help out, but authorities are asking people to NOT send any more clothing or water etc. They ask instead that you make cash donations to the American Red Cross

Also, gift cards to stores such as Target, Wal Mart, CVS etc are also a great help. 

To help the victims the victims of the Camp Fire in Northern California, the Enloe Foundation Camp Fire Relief Fund donations will be used to help Enloe Medical Center in Chico's caregivers, patients and families who have lost their homes or been displaced due to the fire. Donate here or text "CampFireRelief" to 91999 to support the many people affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County.

These local Chico, Ca. businesses have also set up relief funds and are ready to assist:

  • Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation will create sub accounts within their Foundation for businesses, employees, individuals or groups to accept contributions and self-direct funding for Camp Fire relief. Anyone interested in this service should contact the Bank directly at (530) 894-1000 and ask for Mark Francis or Julia Wilson, or simply mention the Camp Fire Relief effort.
  • Tri Counties Bank has started the Camp Fire Fund 2018 account with an initial deposit of $25,000 to benefit victims of the fires. Those who would like to donate to the Camp Fire Fund 2018 can at any Tri Counties Bank Branch or make a donation online at https://www.gofundme.com/tcb-2018-camp-fire-fund
  • North Valley Community Foundation set up a fund to raise money to support the operations of organizations that are sheltering evacuees of the Camp Fire. Please visit www.nvcf.org/fund/camp-fire-evacuation-relief-fund

To help those impacted in Southern California...

United Way of Greater Los Angeles: This local branch of the national organization is raising money for those affected by the Woolsey and Hill Fires, specifically to help low-income residents.

Entertainment Industry Foundation: This nonprofit, started by Hollywood stars, has a fund that helps firefighters and other emergency workers battling California wildfires. One of its beneficiaries is the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides hydration backpacks and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots.

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.

There are multiple crowdfunding efforts for victims of the California fires. GoFundMe has organized a page that catalogs the relief efforts in Northern and Southern California. It includes links to donate to families who have lost their homes.

Google is collecting donations to help those affected by the wildfires in Southern California. It will funnel the donations to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which will distribute the money to local nonprofits.

Additionally, Airbnb has 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. 

(links provided by The New York Times)


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