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How to Help Victims of California Wildfires

Several groups and organizations have set up ways for people to donate money and/or items needed by victims of three separate wildfires in California

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Donations: How to Help Victims of Camp Fire

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)

    Dozens of people have died and tens of thousands of Californians have been forced from their homes as massive wildfires continue to rage in the northern and southern ends of the state. 

    The Camp Fire in Northern California's Butte County has become the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in recorded state history. The Woolsey Fire north of Los Angeles, meanwhile, has killed at least two killed and wiped out hundreds of structures.

    Here are some ways to help those impacted by the wildfires:

    DONATIONS
    Anyone who wants to help can text "CAWILDFIRES" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support RedCross disaster efforts.

    Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    [NATL] Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    Margaret Newsum, 93, had no idea that the Camp Fire was rapidly approaching her Magalia home until her caretaker left for the day and she turned on the television. She was quickly rescued by her friend Dane Ray Cummings, who decided to break company policy and rescue Newsum with his Waste Management truck. KCRA reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018)

    GoFundMe has also set up a page with fundraising campaigns for victims of the fires in both northern and southern California.

    Donations can also be made through the Salvation Army.  

    North Valley Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations as well as supplies.

    Caring Choice, a nonprofit in Chico, is accepting donations to help offer relief to those affected by recent Northern California Fires. You can make a note in the memo whether you prefer your donation be used for, food, clothing, housing or other things.

    Among supplies needed are paper products (toilet paper, forks, spoons, paper plates, tissues, paper towels), and women's undergarments, as well as warm clothes, including shoe and socks, Butte County officials said.

    The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is taking care of animals and is accepting donations. Call ‪530-899-3873‬ or visit this site for more information.

    Man Rescues Animals After Wildfire Devastates Paradise, Calif.

    [NATL] Man Rescues Animals After Wildfire Devastates Paradise, Calif.

    Dan Sauvageau and his friends have been rescuing animals in Paradise, California, a town almost entirely destroyed by the Camp Fire.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)

    United Way of Greater Los Angeles has started a disaster relief fund for victims of the Hill and Woolsey fires. Similarly, United Way of Northern California has set up an option on its donation for page for people to put money toward Camp fire relief.

    The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation has also put out a call for donations to raise money to purchase hydration backpacks for firefighters. Donations can be made online at the organization's website

    AirBnb was looking for host homes to open their spaces for evacuees of the Woolsey and Hill Fires through Nov. 29. More than 850 homes throughout the SoCal region, including dozens in San Diego County, were available.

    Those wishing to volunteer should fill out an application and wait for instructions. Notarized applications are required. Contact Caring Choices by calling 530-899-3873 or visiting them at 1398 Ridgewood in Chico. 

    AT&T was waiving charges for those affected by the fires. See more information here. T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon are offering a similar deal, with more information available on their websites.  

    T-Mobile support trucks were also to be in the greater Ventura area Monday and Tuesday to help those affected by the Woolsey fire. They would provide connectivity, USB cables, chargers, battery packs, masks and toiletries. See more information here.

    Additionally, NBC Los Angeles has a Southern California wildfires Facebook group with local information on ways to help.