California is hurting right now. The fires have devastated the state, and left so many people without a home.
When tragedy strikes, our country becomes beautifully generous. We take time out of our own lives to help perfect strangers. We give of our own pockets so for those who have lost everything. That is proving to be true in California, as well. But what is the most effective way to give, and what do the wildfire evacuees really need?
Donation centers are asking those who wish to help... to stop sending supplies. Coordinators say they have warehouses filled with things like clothes, toothbrushes, and deodorant. The generosity is overwhelming. So much so, that a lot of it will remain unused and even end up in a landfill.
If you wish to help the wildfire victims, cash donations to reputable organizations like the Red Cross are the most helpful. Big organizations can make our $5 stretch much further than we can. Gift cards to stores like Target, Walmart, or CVS are also needed, since it will allow the recipient purchase exactly what they need.
The New York Times did a great article on some of the most reputable organizations that are helping the fire victims. Click here to read it.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross, click here, or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).
Source: The Sacramento Bee