(KTLA) — As wildfires continue to wreak havoc in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, thousands remain evacuated. Many don’t know if they have a home to return to when they are safe to return to their communities.
Officials and some organizations have urged the public to avoid bringing food, clothing and other items to shelters and consider making monetary donations instead.
Here’s how to help those affected by the destructive blazes.
- Salvation Army: KTLA has partnered with the Salvation Army for a wildfire relief fund. Find out how do donate at KTLA.com/fire.
- American Red Cross: The organization is providing shelter and food for victims of the wildfire throughout different areas affected by the blazes. Those hoping to donate can visit Redcross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross, or text REDCROSS to 90999.
- The Ventura County Community Foundation has set up a fund to support the needs of local nonprofits serving the victims of the Woolsey and Hill fires.
- Google: The search engine is helping people donate through Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Those hoping to donate can do so directly by searching “donate Southern California fires” and their donation will be redirected to the center.
- United Way of Los Angeles: The L.A. chapter of the organization is teaming up with the United Way of Ventura County to accept donations though its disaster relief fund.
- Entertainment Industry Foundation: The organization is accepting donations for firefighters and other first responders through its Fire Relief Fund.
- Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation: L.A. County officials recommended giving monetary donations to this firefighter organization along with a few other local nonprofits.
- GoFundMe created one page linking to verified campaigns set up on the website, including funds for first responders and schools affected by the fires.
Help Animals Affected by Fires
- The Humane Society of Ventura County: The humane society is accepting animals that are evacuating from the fires are looking for donations. Those looking to help can also buy items through the organization’s Amazon Wish List.
- The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation: The foundation is also housing evacuated animals and is accepting donations.
- L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control is asking for people to adopt pets from local shelters during the fires.
- The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is working with local shelters to help clear space for animals evacuated in the fires. They are asking for help in adopting pets and are waiving adoption fees.
- American Red Cross: Residents can also volunteer with the Red Cross during disasters.
- City of Los Angeles: The city was looking for volunteers to help. Those looking to donate or volunteer can head to go to the City Council District 3 donations center at 19040 Vanowen St., in Reseda, which is open until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Indeed, the very kindest, most heart-felt ❤️ gift of all!
— LAFD Talk (@LAFDtalk) November 12, 2018
Please avoid bringing donated items like food and clothing to Red Cross shelters in #LACounty & #VenturaCounty at this time. Learn more: https://t.co/0joZUvGET1 #WoolseyFire #HillFire https://t.co/9Zqucv0GmK pic.twitter.com/yt1bYGzsB7
— Red Cross Ventura County (@RedCrossVentura) November 11, 2018
Want to help #WoolseyFire victims? Officials urge monetary donations to local non-profits, such as:@RedCross : https://t.co/6jFVzk93Fm@LAUnitedWay : https://t.co/7AJiu7AUv3@LAFDFoundation: https://t.co/3WoTNfTlv5
L.A. County Animal Care Foundation: https://t.co/glG5zlGDaV pic.twitter.com/Fcuff8DoRe
— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) November 11, 2018
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) November 11, 2018