California Wildfires: How to Help the Victims

California Wildfires

Getty California wildfires are still raging the countryside, and as firefighters continue to battle the blaze, thousands of people are displaced from their homes. Here's how you can help.

California is still being ravaged by massive wildfires that have killed eight people and displaced thousands more. The Carr Fire alone burned through more than 121,000 acres by late Wednesday and is already the sixth biggest inferno in state history, according to the Sacramento Bee.

As firefighters continue to battle the Carr Fire blaze, the Ferguson Fire has forced the closure of Yosemite National Park for the first time in 20 years, according to Today. “Authorities fear more fires will erupt as soaring temperatures create very dry conditions on the ground,” Today reports.

Jairus Ayeta has been confirmed as the seventh death in the deadly Carr Fire ravaging California, according to ABC 7 News. Ayeta worked as an apprentice lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric, and the company claims he was doing restoration work in Shasta County when a vehicle accident occurred. Among the other six victims were a great-grandmother and two children.

Businesses and organizations across the country are banding together to raise money for the victims and people displaced by the fires, including a little girl named Lila Pratt, who started her own lemonade stand and has raised over two thousand dollars to help those in need.

“Lila has so far purchased and donated items such as blankets, pillows, water bottles, Gatorade, diapers, baby wipes, children’s snacks, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, and games/activities for children,” said Kirrin Pratt, Lila’s mother, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Here are other charities and fundraisers accepting donations for victims of the California wildfires:

GoFundMe has published a list of verified campaigns supporting individual families whose homes were destroyed in the fire. The company also teamed up with Tri Counties Bank to establish a general fund benefiting victims across Shasta County.

The Red Cross has opened multiple shelters and is hosting more than 1,000 people who have fled their homes, according to the organization. Those wishing to donate to the Red Cross can do so by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army has dispatched emergency teams to the Carr area to “serve evacuees and first responders.” They have teams on the ground in Auburn, Roseville, Eureka, Redding and Santa Rosa. You can donate directly to the wildfire relief fund here.

The United Way of Northern California has established a Shasta County Fire Relief Fund. To donate, text CARRFIRE to 91999 or visit the organization’s website.

The Haven Humane Society is raising money on Facebook to support its efforts to rescue, evacuate and house animals displaced by the fires. Those in the area can also donate dog and cat crates, food, and water bowls.

Facebook has activated its Crisis Response feature for those in Shasta County. Victims can use the feature to post individual requests for aid, and those looking to help can also offer their services.

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization that helps cover areas of Northern California that have already lost thousands of homes in the wildfires. They have set up a disaster relief fund for those affected in the region.

“Shasta Regional Community Foundation has a credible history of helping regional nonprofits and organizations with the ability to deliver monetary assistance efficiently and effectively toward the recovery of communities over time,” the Shasta Regional Community Foundation site reads.

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