San Diego wildfires: How you can help

SAN DIEGO, CA - As the wildfires continue to threaten homes in San Diego, you may be wondering how you can help.

Red Cross officials say donating money is the best way to help out right now.

What can I do to help?

The Red Cross currently has the resources that it needs to assist emergency crews and evacuees. However, the situation can change minute by minute. 

Do you need volunteers?

Fortunately, we're able to do what we need to with our current base of trained volunteers. However, as you know, the situation could change quickly and we will put the word out if we need volunteers from the community.

Do you need donations of food, water, blankets, etc.?

Often the best way to help is simply to make a monetary donation . That way we can make sure we get the materials and items to emergency responders through the channels that we have put in place in preparation for these disasters.

As far as food, we already have relationships in place with restaurants and we work with them to get everyone fed. At Red Cross shelters, we don't necessarily have the physical space or logistical means to accept donations like food, clothing and blankets.

Are you helping firefighters?

Yes. That's definitely something that the Red Cross does that people don’t often know about. We do "canteens" for first responders at their incident command post or gathering points that provide hydration and snacks while they’re fighting the fire.

If I give today, where does my donation go?

Donor intent is always honored. When you make a donation, please note where you would like it to be allocated.

Contact the American Red Cross to make a donation.

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