As I write this, three major wildfires are burning in California, and the death toll is listed as “at least nine.” A quarter of a million residents are under mandatory evacuations. The Woolsey fire alone spans 35,000 acres at 0% containment.
For those who want to help, Google is accepting donations through their Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
You can visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.
You can also donate to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Disaster Relief Fund, which is partnering with United Way of Ventura County.
The Salvation Army Ventura Corps Wildfire Relief Fund is currently accepting donations.
And if you’re looking for a way to help the animals affected, both the Humane Society of Ventura County and the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation are accepting animals evacuated from the Woolsey and Hill fires. They are also urging people to adopt animals at this time in order to make room for evacuees.
This is a cause near and dear to my heart. I have friends and family who live in California. One of them lost his home, and a couple of others aren’t sure if theirs will survive the blaze.
Please help if you can. Stay safe out there.