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 wildfires 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, police officer and volunteer firefighter Greg Doyle has graciously shared with us a firsthand account of Southern California’s Woolsey Fire, the response, and the devastation. Special thanks to him for sharing his amazing photos with HSToday.
According to ABC7, to help the victims of the Woolsey Fire, which killed 3, destroyed 1,500 structures and burned 96,949 acres before containment this week:
- Donate, volunteer with the Red Cross: Cash donations to support Red Cross relief efforts can be made on the Red Cross website or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross also accepts applications for volunteers on its website to help with phone calls, data entry and other needs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make a cash donation to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation: The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control has opened multiple shelter sites to take in animals displaced by the fires. You can make a cash donation to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation’s Noah’s Legacy Fund to support the department’s disaster relief efforts. Donations will be used to fund food, shelter and medical care for dogs, cats, horses and other domesticated animals sheltered during a disaster.
CBS-13 in Sacramento has information to help victims of Northern California’s Camp Fire, which has killed at least 83, destroyed 13,906 homes and has burned 153,336 acres at 90 percent containment today:
- The American Red Cross: Visit the Red Cross’ special donation page or call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army: A special page, SalArmyCampFire.org, has been created to accept donations. People can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and specify “Camp Fire” for designated funds.
- United Way of Northern California: A fund to provide emergency help to fire victims has been set up. Visit the fundraising web page or text BUTTEFIRE to 91999 to donate.
- Firefighters Charitable Foundation: The foundation accepts donations to help fire and disaster victims, support volunteer fire stations and help children in need.
- Northern California Fire Relief Fund: 100% of all donations to this fund go to the organizations and agencies on the ground who are helping those affected by the fires.
- Air BNB: Air BNB is helping connect victims and people willing to open their homes to victims for free. Hosts can take in victims through the Open Homes Program to provide free housing.
- Caring Choices Chico: 100% of your donation will be used to directly offer aid to those in need. Donors can indicate if they are making a contribution or a donation to a specific person, area or need.
- Northern Valley Community Foundation: This fund will provide financial resources to organizations and agencies responding to those affected by the fires in Northern California.