I was going to share a sustainable holiday gift guide for all of you today but, it just didn't feel right or even responsible in my spirit to do so when there are thousands who have lost everything....lost their homes & all of their belongings including many, losing herds of their animals and of course their vineyards, properties, land. And let me add, we all know some even tragically lost their lives.
For all of those that lost their homes along w/ the courageous firefighters who are redefining brave, I believe it is our duty as human beings to come along side of them to help. So, let's do it.
I encourage all of you to gather with your family, friend groups, small groups at church, neighbors.....to choose a way to provide for these firefighters and/or families. It would also be a wonderful opportunity for you/your loved ones to choose a family that lost their home in the Woosley fire, to provide holiday gifts to their children. Just an idea.
I researched very reputable approaches via how we can help. I chose organizations where I have confirmation that they are in fact on the front lines & your donations, etc. will go directly to actually helping. Sometimes with organizations we don't know where our money actually goes & I only donate where I know how my dollars will help and where they will help.
Let's do this together!
1. Go Fund Me/Tina Crowder who shares that 'Dexter & Sam lost everything in the fire':
This is a legitimate crowd funding that was initially shared by Kaitlynn Carter Jenner: Tina Crowder: Dexter & Sam lost everything. Let's help them everyone!
Every single dollar counts so, if you only have one dollar, donate it. Don't be embarrassed because this is how community really works - when everyone contributes and every dollar contributed adds up to much.
2. The LAFD needs so much help! Matt Cutshall (@mattcutshall on instagram who is hilarious by the way, shared how we can help straight from LA). Matt shared on his own Insta Stories that he was even skeptical as to where to donate but, the LAFD has gone over their budget due to this fire & they are relying on our help to donate for all of the people. Thanks Matt! Everyone, donate here.
3. Urgent donations are needed for Rescue Freedom Project. I know this organization very personally & I support them passionately. They lost their Rescue + Outreach Center. All of their animals, volunteers & team members made it out safely thanks to their team working feverishly but, they need relocation expenses & animal care expenses! Donate here please.
4. Ventura County Community Foundation - Donate here: I personally spoke to VCCF. And VCCF is a small nonprofit organization...a 'family of charitable funds created by citizens who care deeply about strengthening the community'. They are based in Camarillo, California.
As they say: This Fund is designed to support the immediate needs of community nonprofit organizations serving those affected by these wildfires. VCCF continues to monitor the status of these fires and is in active communication with government and public safety officials.
Everyone, these are four amazing (reputable) ways we can help immediately! And again, I really encourage all of us to team with others to 'bear one another's burden's (Galatians 6:2).
I am always amazed at what can happen for the good of others when we all work together. I really am. So, join me!!!
1st Photo Creator: David McNew
1st Photo Credit: Getty Images
2nd Photo Creator: Robyn Beck/AFP
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