Fires have ravaged the North Bay area of California, in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, Yuba and Lake counties, destroying at least 5,700 homes and businesses.
Up to 100,000 people had to evacuate at one point, and at least 41 were killed. Many of those forced to evacuate will return to their homes only to find ash and charred wreckage.
Napa and Sonoma counties in particular have been undergoing an unprecedented series of fires.
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— San Francisco Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) October 19, 2017
How You Can Help.
Charles Communications Associates, based in San Francisco, CA, has worked with wineries in California closely for over 30 years and have identified a group of shelters in need who are accepting and sheltering evacuees. They need hard goods, not money -Cots, sleeping bags, non-perishable foods, hygienic items, kids’ pyjamas, and more.
Money is being raised to buy these items and drive them directly to the distribution center at Mentor Me, located at the Cavanagh Rec Center in Petaluma, California.
Currently, they are sheltering more than 500 evacuees. The Center is networked with 10 other area shelters to help distribute these much-needed items.