Video above: High schoolers organize wildfire victims relief drive
KCRA, our sister station in Sacramento, has teamed up with the American Red Cross for a virtual telethon to help victims of the California wildfires.
Two of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning in Northern California. The LNU Lightning Complex is affecting thousands of residents who live in Solano, Yolo, Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties. The SCU Lightning Complex is scorching hundreds of thousands of acres in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Alameda, Santa Clara and Merced counties.
Hundreds of homes are destroyed so far and thousands of families have been evacuated.
The COVID-19 pandemic creates an added challenge to disaster response, but the American Red Cross has deployed volunteers throughout the region to assist families in need:
- At shelters, volunteers are providing food water and a place to stay.
- Hotel rooms are being provided for evacuated families to maintain proper social distancing.
- Volunteers are assisting with the distribution of blankets, comfort kits, and other relief items.
Because of COVID-19, the American Red Cross cannot accept donations of water, clothing or food. The best way to provide immediate assistance is to click here to make a donation.
You can also call KCRA's Wildfire Relief hotline at 855-337-GIVE.
Every dollar makes a difference. If you're able to give, click the link, call the hotline or join us for the KCRA 3 Wildfire Relief Telethon this Tuesday from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.