More than 20,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate as the Carr Fire continues to descend on Redding, destroying everything in its path, and as with last year’s devastating Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, locals are wondering what they can do to help.
The Salvation Army is helping folks in Shasta County, and a spokesperson for the organization tells the Sacramento Bee that if you’re able to donate something, money is the most helpful. As we saw in the aftermath of the Tubbs Fire, donations of food and clothing can provide added logistical challenges since volunteers and relief organizations must find places to store them.
So, you can donate to The Salvation Army’s Redding fire recovery efforts fund here.
You can also make donations to the Red Cross, which is helping fire evacuees, by clicking here, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The United Way of Northern California has established a Shasta County Wildfire Relief Fund. The Bee notes, “Previous relief funds have gone toward individuals’ needs as well as community efforts, such as rebuilding libraries and community centers, the United Way said.” Click here to donate to the fund.
The nonprofit California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional and financial help to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and their communities, is accepting donation through its Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) Program.
And locally the group Pay It Forward Humboldt has organized a drive collecting gift cards — for gas, Costco, Walmart, etc. — as well as breathing masks. Numerous businesses around Humboldt County are serving as drop-off locations. Here’s their post: