How Birmingham can help people and animals affected by California fires

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Birmingham, American Red Cross, California Wildfires, California fires, California Camp Fire, California Woolsey Fire, California Hill Fire
American Red Cross is helping those affected by CA wildfires. Photo via American Red Cross

It has been over a week since three wildfires first broke out across Northern and Southern California destroying thousands of homes and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. How can those of us across the country in Birmingham, AL help those affected by the fires? 

According to the Center for International Disaster Information (part of the United States Agency for International Development) says monetary donations are almost always the most efficient way to help in a disaster.

Donate to Nonprofits

Several nonprofit organizations  are serving those in need by providing financial aid, medical care, food and shelter. Here are some you can donate to:

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is accepting donations to help provide meals, essential items and emotional care for evacuees and first responders of the CA wildfires.

As a nonprofit organization, the American Red Cross depends on volunteers and generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Here’s how to donate:

  • Online
  • Call 1.800.RED CROSS
  • Text CAWILDFIRES to 90999

The American Red Cross also supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood donations. To find a drive near you, click here.

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American Red Cross helps with meals, snacks and drinks during times of disaster. Photo via American Red Cross

Salvation Army

In response to the wildfires, the Salvation Army has deployed emergency disaster service teams to multiple locations in and around Butte County in CA. Teams provide three meals a day, snacks, drinks, essential items and emotional/spiritual care to evacuees and first responders.

With your donation, the Salvation Army is able to provide relief and assistance to victims of the fires for as long as possible.

Donate to the Salvation Army to help those in need in Southern and Northern California.

Entertainment Industry Foundation

Did you know it costs $275 to fund just one hydration pack for a firefighter?

To help firefighters and other emergency workers battling the fires in CA, the Entertainment Industry Foundation is raising money for the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides hydration backpacks and night vision goggles for helicopter pilots.

Donate here.

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Emergency worker fights the blaze of the California wildfires. Photo via Entertainment Industry Foundation

Humane Society of Ventura County

The Humane Society of Ventura County, CA is helping animals displaced by the Woolsey and Hill Fires. To support the organization’s efforts, you may purchase supplies through the society’s Amazon wish list.

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Visit the Humane Society of Ventura County’s Amazon wishlist to help during the California fires. Photo via Humane Society of Ventura County

Donate via Online Platforms

Facebook

Facebook has partnered with GlobalGiving to provide relief to those impacted by the fires in the form of emergency supplies (food, water, medicine) in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and build.

As of now, $124,869 has been raised of their $1 million goal.

Donate to GlobalGiving.

Google

Donations made to wildfire relief funds via Google will be given to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy who will distribute the money to local nonprofits who are helping the cause.

Support Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding—the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people—has become a prominent way of helping in times of national disasters.

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The aftermath from fires in California. Photo via American Red Cross

GoFundMe has organized a page listing many of the relief efforts in Northern and Southern CA that are in need of donations.

With help from people like you, GoFundMe donors from around the world have contributed $20 million to the cause.

Donate via GoFundMe.