By Dan Shapley
How to help fire victims, as printed in the San Francisco Chronicle:
- For information about volunteer efforts in San Diego County, the Inland Empire and Santa Clarita or for information on how to donate time or services, visit www.californiavolunteers.org or call (888) 567-7378.
- Businesses wishing to donate large-size quantities of supplies for distribution to fire victims should call the Governor's Office of Emergency Services at (800) 750-2858.
- The Red Cross primarily accepts monetary contributions. Donations of products like bottled water, toiletries and food products specific to the needs of the disaster typically are accepted only if they are in bulk, new and palletized. Call (800) RED CROSS, visit www.redcross.org or mail a donation to American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA, 50340-2018.
- Wells Fargo Bank has opened a special account called the "American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund (California Wildfire Relief Effort)" to help the fire victims. Make a donation at any branch.
- The Salvation Army is delivering cots and personal comfort kits to fire victims as well as serving meals to evacuees. The agency says it needs monetary donations most. Contributions can be made on-line at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by phone at (800) 725-2769.
- Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based nongovernmental relief organization is providing medical supplies and assisting victims who do not have direct access to support services, including farmworkers and people in rural areas. Checks can be sent to: Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave., Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232; credit card donations can be made by calling (800) 678-7255 or on the Web at www.opusa.org.
- Agencies providing shelter and assistance for animals affected by the fires also are accepting donations. Contributions can be made to the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals through www.spcala.com or by calling (888) 772-2521 or to the San Diego Humane Society at www.sdhumane.org.