The California wildfires have been the worst in the state’s history, with the City of Paradise being virtually destroyed.
An update from CNN as of November 23rd:
“After more than two weeks of a raging inferno, firefighters are getting closer to containing the Camp Fire that has killed 84 people in Northern California. At least 475 people remain unaccounted for, down from more than 1,000 days earlier, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said.
When life became more difficult than one can imagine for Paradise, love and community arose from the ashes of a devastating wildfire. An Auburn, California, High School volleyball team, Forest Lake Christian School, reached out with their hearts and pocketbooks to the Paradise Adventist Academy, a team they would play shortly after Paradise was decimated by fire. Forest Lake presented Paradise Adventist with new uniforms, donated clothes and gift cards for each student.
You can watch a video and read more about how one community helped another in time of need HERE.
Many other individuals and communities are helping Paradise and other areas of California who have also been struck by wildfires. It seems that in times of utter devastation, humanity and love always show up to lend a hand.
Organizations working closely with survivors:
- California Fire Foundation. Through its SAVE Program, the California Fire Foundation is distributing $250 cash gift cards for those who have lost their homes. “Anyone who has suffered a loss of more than 25 percent of their home can get a gift card for $250 per household,” says Carroll Willis, communications director at the California Fire Foundation and the California Professional Firefighters.
- United Way (Greater Los Angeles) and United Way of Northern California. United Way is working both with immediate financial aid for survivors and on long-term recovery efforts.
- California Community Foundation, assisting with long-term recovery efforts and people who have been displaced and/or unemployed because of the fires.
- North Valley Community Foundation, which is offering grocery and other gift cards available at the Chico Posse Foundation.
- Ventura County Community Foundation allows survivors to sign up and pply for funds.
- AirBNB has an Open Homes program through which you can donate a temporary living space. This is a very practical way to help if you have a spare room nearby or other property near the impacted areas.
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