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Ways to help victims of the Camp Fire

Midpeninsula organizations are collecting donations to support those affected

Several Midpeninsula organizations are collecting goods and organizing volunteers to help those affected by the still out-of-control Camp Fire that exploded in Butte County on Nov. 8.

The wildfire that destroyed most of the city of Paradise is now being called the deadliest fire in California's history, surpassing the 1933 Griffith Park wildfire in Los Angeles, which killed 29 people. As of Sunday morning, Nov. 25, the fire had claimed the lives of 85 people and 249 others remained missing. The fire, which is 100 percent contained, has consumed more than 153,336 acres and destroyed 13,972 residences. Thousands of people are at evacuation centers with nothing more than the clothing on their backs.

We've compiled a list of organizations collecting supplies and donations for victims of the Camp Fire. We will update this list as we receive new information. If you have information to share, please email editor@paweekly.com.

Animal supplies

Pets In Need was accepting supply donations, but have reached their limit for the time being. All donations are being directed to support the North Valley Animal Disaster Group and the Butte Humane Society.

Emergency supplies

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center is collecting gift cards that will be distributed to those affected by the fire through Nov. 30. Donations can be dropped off at the Customer Service Front Desk of the Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex on its campus at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto (650-223-8700). The organization is also working with local organizations to determine where professionals in the community can be helpful and what other resources may be needed.

The Woodside Village Church, located at 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, is collecting any emergency items people are willing to donate throughout this weekend:

• Coffee cups.

• Coffee.

• Creamer.

• Dish soap.

• Trash bags.

• Sponges.

• Plastic utensils.

• New underwear.

• Milk (preferably individually packaged).

• Men's jeans.

• Lead ropes.

• Sheep and goat grain.

• Socks.

• Shoes.

• Toiletries.

Palo Alto resident Alexandria Boehm is hosting a resident of Paradise whose husband went through open heart surgery at Stanford Hospital last week, and her two children. Her husband is still in the hospital. They are currently asking for gift card donations to Target, Safeway and Costco. Donations can be dropped off at 415 Olmsted Road, Stanford through Wednesday.

Financial donations

The North Valley Community Foundation has set up the Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund to provide basic needs to evacuation centers being overwhelmed with an influx of people. The fund also aims to support long-term recovery efforts. Learn more and donate here.

Chico-based Golden Valley Bank is creating subaccounts within its community foundation so businesses, employees, individuals or groups affected can accept contributions and self-direct funding for relief. View a list of organizations to make donations to here.

United Way of Northern California is collecting monetary donations for Camp Fire Relief here.

Help the American Red Cross respond to disasters by donating here, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Sign up to volunteer here.

GoFundMe has created a page of verified fundraising campaigns for Northern California fires.

The Salvation Army is asking for monetary donations to help provide meals, emotional support and essential services to those affected by the Camp Fire. Make a donation here. Mail donations can be designated "Camp Fire" and sent to The Salvation Army, PO Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 95834.

Caring Choices is collecting donations to offer direct aid to those affected by Northern California fires.

The California Association of Realtors Disaster Relief Fund collects money for realtors, association members and staff members who suffer losses due to wildfires, including the Camp Fire and Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California. Make an online donation here, or make checks payable to the California Community Foundation and write "C.A.R. Disaster Relief Fund" on the memo line. Send checks to the California Community Foundation, 221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Other information and ways to help

Facebook has set up a crisis response center with updates about the wildfires.

Airbnb has set up a page where those interested in hosting evacuees and workers can do so free of charge.

While Stanford University Department of Public Safety's wildfire smoke alert is no longer active, it issued an alert Friday morning detailing ways to take care of personal health. Students experiencing smoke-related distress symptoms were advised to contact Vaden Health Center.

Air quality advisory update

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued daily Spare the Air alerts due to smoke impacts from the Butte County fire since the night of Nov. 8. The alerts are in effect through Wednesday, Nov. 21.

"The public should limit outdoor activity as much as possible during this alert, and continue to listen to health information from their local authorities. If air quality is unhealthy in your area, the first and best option is to stay indoors with windows and doors closed. Masks should not be used instead of remaining indoors, but if worn, they should be a new, clean N95 mask or greater, securely strapped for a tight seal. Masks are not suitable for men with beards or young children," the district said in an alert.

"The Bay Area is continuing to experience heavy smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County. Air quality continues to be unhealthy through much of the region and these conditions are expected to persist through next Tuesday at least. While weather conditions will vary somewhat throughout the week, air quality is expected to remain unhealthy because there is so much smoke trapped at the surface and surrounding the region."

Visit the district's website for more information and air quality updates.

Current air quality conditions by ZIP code can be found online at airnow.gov.


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3 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2018 at 3:59 pm

If there are private individuals taking collections to drive themselves up to the affected areas could there be a way of making their addresses or drop off places public so that we can contribute.

Obviously financial donations will work, but some of us may have useful warm sweaters, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. that could be passed on as well as children's items and other things that may make the lives of those who have nothing just a little easier. I should imagine that things like soccer balls, basketballs, jump ropes, etc. will make the children in the centers feel that they can spend some time being a little normal in this time where life is far from normal for them.

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