As you know, there are a lot of people and animals suffering this holiday season. In California, there are thousands of people who are displaced and living in temporary shelters due to horrendous wildfires. They have no home to return to, and in many cases, no job or community left. Too many people have lost loved ones, friends, neighbors, and beloved pets. First responders and volunteers are still working on fire containment, clean up, supporting survivors, and identifying remains. In this season of thanks and gratitude, I hope that you will considering finding ways to support those who have a long and hard road ahead of them. I know I have said this a hundred times, but we are more alike than we are different. All we have is each other. These are some of the organizations I have chosen to give to:
Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund – this is through the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine who is providing care for a lot of the animals who were injured in the fire. They provided care and end of life services for Bardot when she was in bad shape, and I will always remember their kindness and exemplary care.
The UC Davis fired department has a list of needed supplies.
Wildcats Rise – The Chico State fund dedicated to supporting members of their campus community who have been affected by the fires.
Wildfire Relief Fund
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
California Fire Foundation
Ventura County Community Foundation
Hill Fire/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund
Human Society of Ventura County
And don’t forget, there are still 14,000 migrant children in detention centers in the United States. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!