As our community continues to be impacted by the fires, many of you have been wondering the best ways to support those in need—victims of the fires as well as emergency personnel. To that end, we would like to suggest that, as a family, you discuss ways to assist various organizations in their efforts to respond to this disaster, encouraging your children to use their own resources as part of your family's support. Please see a list of resources below to determine the most appropriate ways for your family to take part in relief efforts.
The Red Cross is seeking donations for the numerous evacuation centers they've opened for California residents seeking refuge. Red Cross evacuation centers do accept pets. You can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Both the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the United Way of Northern California are seeking donations to help their respective communities. United Way of Northern California is providing emergency cash grants to those who lost their homes and is working to connect other non-profits with survivors in need of their services. The United Way of Greater Los Angeles has also set up a disaster relief fund.
Airbnb is looking for people who are able to host those displaced by the fires and relief workers in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego counties through November 29. You can sign up here if you are interested in being a host.
The Salvation Army is working at both ends of the state to provide meals and gift cards to victims of the wildfires. So far, they have provided more than 150,000 meals and over $100,000 worth of gift cards and other needed items. Donate to those affected in Northern California fire and to help Southern California victims go here.
The IAFF, which represents thousands of firefighters and responders, is accepting donations for its Disaster Relief Fund. The 100-year-old organization uses these funds to help firefighters who are working on the front lines and their families, from financial to emotional support. Other ways to support firefighters include:Support the LAFD, which has organized a campaign to purchase hydration backpacks for firefighters via the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund, a charity that helps the families of firefighters injured or killed in duty
Fire Family Foundation, the charitable arm of the Firefighters First Credit Union.