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How Las Vegas Can Help California Wildfire Victims

KXNT's Tips on Ways to Help California Recover

November 12, 2018 - 12:13 pm

The devastating California wildfires hit close to home for many Las Vegans who have friends and relatives in the neighboring state, and with each passing day the grim realities of the fire’s impact increase the need for widespread disaster relief.

The Camp Fire—one of three fires raging in the north and southern regions of California—is now the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history, with 29 lives lost and 110,000 acres destroyed as of Monday, Nov. 12.

As evacuated families wait for updates and others return to survey what’s left of their homes and businesses, there are several ways you can help California recover. Click on any of the links below to see how:

American Red Cross – The agency has online tools to help families find shelter, and also allows donations to help those affected by the fires. redcross.org/donate/donation.html/

California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund – Tax-deductible donations support those who have lost homes and belongings, while providing basic needs, mental health, and financial assistance. calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/

Entertainment Industry Foundation – Donations to the EIF’s Fire Relief Fund provides support and supplies to firefighters and first responders. musicforrelief.org

GoFundMe – There are several verified GoFundMe campaigns to which you can donate. gofundme.com/cause/californiafires

Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation – Disaster relief efforts include providing care and shelter to domestic animals displaced by the fires, as well as assistance in identifying animals and reuniting them with families. lacountyanimals.org

Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation – Donations support the organization’s fire safety education and training efforts. lacfdf.org/

Red Rover – This organization provides pet-friendly lodging resources, veterinary care, and more for families with pets. redrover.org/news/cafires/

Salvation Army – Providing assistance in northern and southern California, Salvation Army donations pay for, among other things, meals provided at evacuation centers. westernusa.salvationarmy.org

United Way of Greater Los Angeles – A disaster relief fund has been set up to accept monetary donations for families in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. unitedwayla.org/en/  

Ventura County Community Foundation – Relief fund provides assistance to victims of the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire. vccf.org/

There are dozens more organizations that you could donate to, but always do your research first. To ensure that your donation will be used responsibly and effectively, refer to websites such Charity Navigator, which connects users with relevant, reputable charities and foundations.