As a resident of San Diego, the recent fires have obviously hit close to home for me, but I’ve also been pleasantly surprised at how many emails have been sent in from readers all over the country asking if there’s any way that they can help too…which is so amazing…thank you!
The volunteer efforts in San Diego county thus far have been pretty incredible – at several of the evacuation centers there were at times as many volunteers as evacuees – which is saying a lot considering how many people were displaced! However, as the immediate/emergency relief efforts wind down, the road to recovery for hundreds of families is going to be very long, and financial donations are honestly probably the best thing we can do right now in order to help rebuild the lives of the fire victims – several of whom were uninsured and lost everything.
If you’d like to make a donation, The San Diego Foundation’s After the Fires Fund 2007 is a great effort to support. Other great choices include the San Diego chapters of The Red Cross and The Salvation Army, and the San Diego Human Society. You can also donate to the entire California Wildfires relief effort via Red Cross.
And if you’d like to check out a truly AMAZING story – click here to read about how one San Diego couple survived the fire that engulfed their house by huddling in their pool as they actually watched their home burn down around them. A power line near them fell and started a fire that surrounded their house within 5 minutes, so they didn’t have any notice to evacuate. This is a truly incredible story!