CA Wildfires: How to Help Victims & Firefighters

November 12, 2018

California is in a state of emergency.The wildfires in Northern California and Southern California are still raging on. The entire town of Paradise has burned down, displacing 26,000. 31 people have died in the fires, and that number is unfortunately going to grow. 

NASA released an image from space to show the severity of the fires.

Firefighters have been working around the clock to get these fires contained. So much has been lost, and the fires don't seem to be calming down anytime soon. So what can we do to help? Donate! Donations (clothing, money) go a long way.

To help the victims of the California Wildfires:

The American Red Cross is “is providing both shelter and emotional support for evacuees. You can visit, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.”

Caring Choices: Is a nonprofit charity based in Chico, CA. Volunteers have been coming here to get organized and to help those affected by the Camp Fire in northern california. The volunteers here are doing a number of things, including caring for displaced animals. Doctors and nurses are also here to give care medical care to victims. 

The Salvation Army is providing meals and shelter in local churches, fairgrounds, etc in all parts of the state that's been affected by the fires.

GoFundMe has an organized page of relief efforts in Northern and Southern California, including direct links for families who've lost everything.

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.

The 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.

Butte Humane Society: This nonprofit is helping animals that have been displaced by the Camp Fire in Northern California. They created an Amazon wish list for items that are needed.


Here's how to help the firefighters:

The Los Angeles Fire Department in need of donations. You can make direct donations here.

The California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund “supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.”

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. Another beneficiary provides meals for emergency workers and evacuees staying in shelters.

The California Fire Foundation: They provide emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.