This Thanksgiving millions of families and friends will gather to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. We count among those blessings the first responders and others who responded so heroically, and battled the California Woolsey fire to save countless lives and property. We give thanks for them, share our thoughts and prayers with the survivors and victims, and work to prevent such loss of life and home, again.
In this HSToday exclusive, Greg Doyle, a police officer and volunteer firefighter has graciously shared with us a first hand account of the fire, the response, and the devastation. Special thanks to him for sharing his amazing photos with HSToday.
This Thanksgiving we are extremely grateful.
To help the victims of the Woolsey fires:
Donate, volunteer with the Red Cross
Those who wish to make cash donations to support Red Cross relief efforts can do so on the Red Cross website or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Red Cross accepts applications for volunteers on its website. Volunteer work ranges from phone calls, data entry and client registration, to shelter support and supply replenishment.
Donate to the Ventura County Community Foundation
The Ventura County Community Foundation has established the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund to support the immediate needs of community nonprofit organizations serving those affected by the wildfires.
Donate cash or supplies to the Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County is open for those who have been evacuated and are in need of sanctuary for dogs, cats, horses or other domesticated animals. They said they are in need of 40-gallon horse water troughs and horse electrolytes. Supplies donations can be dropped off at the shelter at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai.