Our thoughts are with all of the families affected by the fires of the past few weeks. To help those in need, Polka Photos will be donating 50% of its print sale profits from now until Dec. 31 to the Red Cross California Wildfire Fund.
So get all of your holiday shopping done early and help fire victims in the process!
If you'd like to make donations directly, here are a few organizations helping people affected by the fires:
American Red Cross - California Fire Fund
Direct Relief International - California Fire Fund
Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people victimized by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world.
Salvation Army - Wildfire Relief Effort
There is now a great need for financial aid to support such efforts as rental assistance and temporary housing for fire victims.
The Burn Institute
The Burn Institute is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
If you know of anyone who needs burn assistance, The Burn Institute has funds available left to provide counseling, financial aid and other support for the 22 people seriously burned in the Cedar and Paradise fires. Due to medical privacy laws, the names of these individuals cannot be released so please pass the word along that free medical help as well as support is available.
California State Firefighters' Association
To help the CFSA encourages a tax-deductable donation to the Fire Services Training Institute.
Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Organization
San Diego City Firefighters
For our animal friends:
SPCA - Disaster Animal Response Team
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
To offer non-cash donations (food, clothes, blankets, etc) or volunteer:
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services: 1-800-750-2858
Salvation Army - Southern California
San Diego Food Bank
The Jewish Community Disaster Fund
St. Vincent de Paul
Help in Disaster
Emergency Animal Rescue