As several destructive Southland fires have consumed thousands of acres, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing tens of thousands of people, several charities and programs are available to help Southern Californians affected by the disasters.
Donations can be made to the United Way of Ventura County by texting UWV to 41444. All the proceeds collected will be distributed among those affected by the Thomas fire, according to the organization’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 American Red Cross of Ventura County has also set up a way to donate via mobile device by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They can also go to their website, redcross.org, to make a donation of a different amount.
Thank you to everyone for all the incredible offers of help! Right now financial donations are the quickest and best way to help. Visit https://t.co/UiFPGr5LJS, call 1-800 RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Thank you! #ThomasFire
— Red Cross Ventura (@RedCrossVentura) December 6, 2017
For those looking to give directly or donate supplies, the Salvation Army Ventura Corps posted on their facebook page they are at the Ventura County Fairgrounds to assist those displaced by the fire. They are asking for donations of food and water for evacuees.
They are also accepting toy and clothing donations as the fires have devastated thousands during the Christmas season.
Additional Southern California chapters are assisting residents affected by other fires and donations can be made by visiting salvationarmy-socal.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
The Red Cross is also accepting applications for volunteers who would like to help with similar disaster relief for the other wildfires burning in neighboring Los Angeles County.
Please stay safe, follow evacuation orders & have an emergency kit ready to go. If you need to locate a shelter, visit: https://t.co/qHY3OMeM14 #CreekFire #RyeFire #SkirballFire pic.twitter.com/VzYOz2BVmO
— Red Cross LosAngeles (@RedCrossLA) December 6, 2017
It wasn’t just humans were were affected by the fires ravaging the Southland, hundreds of pets and animals were displaced and animal care organizations are also looking for help.
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