Living in Newport Beach, it’s beyond frustrating to watch the devastation of the Woolsey Fire, see images of land seared to ash and homes ravaged by unrelenting flames. We feel helpless, even as the smoke stretches across our Newport Beach sky, manifesting itself in hazy oceanfront sunsets that remind us the fire isn’t that far away.
As of this writing, the Woolsey Fire is still scorching across Los Angeles County and Ventura County, with 97,620 total acres burned, two confirmed fatalities, three injured firefighters, 435 structures destroyed, (and another 57,000 in danger of destruction) and is only 47% contained.
If you’re looking for some good resources to donate or contribute to those helping victims of the Woolsey Fire, here are some good places to start:
American Red Cross
You can donate to the American Red Cross on the Red Cross website or over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Humane Society of Ventura County
Supplies and animal-related donations can be dropped off at the shelter at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai. (The Humane Society of Ventura County said it needs 40-gallon horse water troughs and horse electrolytes.) Click here to make a financial donation.
Ventura County Community Foundation
Click on the image below to donate to the Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund, which was organized by the Ventura County Community Foundation:
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
Donate and support the Los Angeles Fire Department and its courageous firefighters by clicking here.
West Valley Animal Shelter
Click here to make a donation to the shelter to help animals in need.
Also, if you know of other donation drives or GoFundMe accounts related to aid for victims of the Woolsey Fire, post in the comments below and we will update the story as soon as possible.