Happy Sunday, friends; I’m sure many (if not all) of you have seen countless images floating around of the catastrophic damage the wildfires in Southern California have caused . However for those of you who haven’t, I will save you the heartbreaking photos and just tell you that the damage is widespread and incredibly severe. Families have been displaced, animals are scared and people are losing their homes. At a time where our world feels more divided than ever, I urge you to lend a hand and help our friends in California that have been affected by this tragedy. I know when it comes to donating money people are very particular about the organizations in which they choose to support, as they should be. We should all be diligent in our efforts to ensure that our support gets to the people and communities that need them the most. With that being said, I have created a list of organizations that are accepting donations and will leave their information below! And while monetary donations are certainly needed, that isn’t the only way to help. Food, water, toiletries (just to name a few) and PRAYER are also incredibly helpful at this time.
- United Way of Ventura County – The United Way of Ventura County, the Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund. If you are interested, there are several ways to donate; by calling 805.485.6288, texting UWVC to 41444, visiting the website linked above or by mailing a check to 702 County Square Dr. Ste 100, Ventura, CA 93003. NOTE: If you are mailing a check, be sure to include “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line!
- The American Red Cross – The Red Cross has set up 3 shelters in the area for families who have been forced to evacuate their homes. There are an estimated 600+ people being housed on the grounds and are in need of donations and resources. You can donate by visiting the website linked above, by calling 800.733.2767, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
- The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army Ventura Corps has set up shop at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and is asking for food, water & monetary donations (though they are also distributing clothing and toiletries). You can donate in person at 650 S. Petit Ave. Ventura, CA or online by clicking the link above.
- Ventura County Community Foundation – The VCCF has created a disaster relief fund which helps organizations that are providing shelters & housing, legal services, education and healthcare to the victims of the wildfires. You can donate to the VCCF by visiting the website linked above.
- California Community Foundation – The CCF has also created a wildfire relief fund. The organization supports immediate and long-term relief efforts for California wildfires, as well as ways to prevent them in the future. The fund provides services to those who have suffered long-term physical and mental health problems as a result of the fires and also helps those who have displaced rebuild their homes. You can donate to the CCF by visiting the website linked above.
- The Humane Society of Ventura County – The HSVC has taken in roughly 300 animals and is in need of donations of alfalfa hay, timothy hay and water troughs. If you or someone you know is in the area, they are also looking for volunteers who can assist with cleaning kennels & cages and keeping the animals fed! They are also accepting monetary donations at the website linked above.
- The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds – The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds are accepting animals in conjunction with LA County Animal Control. They are accepting donations of food and water and are taking animals from house cats to exotic creatures. They are located at 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster, CA 93536. If you are interested, call 661.948.6060 to see how you can help! NOTE: I linked their Facebook page above as they are providing in-depth updates through that platform!
- YouCaring – The crowdfunding site has numerous fundraisers for families and victims who have lost their homes during this tragedy. You can visit the website linked above to read about and donate directly to specific families.
If you know of any other organizations that are providing relief and recovery services, leave their information below and I will update this list as needed! I appreciate you guys taking the time to read this post and if any of you (or your family) are in or around these areas, please stay safe and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”