I think we've all been wondering what we can do to help our LA friends and family during the wildfire. I found this amazing article from Daily Dot with a bunch of ways to help from San Diego right now:
1. Donate directly to Thomas Fire victims
The Thomas Fire in Venture County is the largest in the state, blazing across more than 65,000 acres and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate, according to the Washington Post. Text “UWVC” to 41444 to donate those affected by the Thomas Fire.
2. Donate to the California Fire Foundation
This foundation provides support for both the families of firefighters and the members of the communities they serve. You can make a one-time contribution to the foundation or a recurring contribution online.
3. Donate to the American Red Cross Wildfire Relief
Donations to the Red Cross support emergency responders, serve meals to people in need, provide shelters for displaced families, deliver relief supplies, provide medical care, and create recovery plans.
4. Register to become a Red Cross volunteer
You can register online to help communities in your area.
5. Donate food and water to the Salvation Army Ventura Corps
The Salvation Army is set up at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and asking for donations.
6. Donate to the Humane Society of Ventura County—or adopt or foster a pet
Hundreds of animals have also been displaced by the wildfires. Donations to the Humane Society would be a great way to help out. If you want to take it a step further, look into adopting or fostering a displaced animal.
7. Donate to the LA County Animal Care Foundation or adopt a pet
8. Donate to or volunteer with FEMA.
If you are a resident of Southern California, here are some resources to stay up to date about the wildfires and help you prepare in case you are asked to evacuate:
Visit the state’s government website to view incident information about fires and updates for mandatory evacuations.