According to the OC Register, the fires are about 75% contained here in Orange County. This thing is about 30,000 acres wide, and has already destroyed 250 homes. So far none of the homes have belonged to members of my church, but we’ve been talking about ways to try and meet some of the needs that this fire has caused. Here are a couple of onramps to serve those who are in need right now:
2-1-1 Orange County
Volunteers are needed to answer phones and assist with data entry in Costa Mesa. The age requirement is 18 and over. They need volunteers today through the end of the week from 9am to 5pm. Contact: Jeremy Scharrer 949-764-1309
Orange County Rescue Mission
Volunteers are needed to help pass out gift cards to fire victims at a site in Anaheim. The age requirement is 17 and over. The volunteers are needed tomorrow through the end of the week from 8am to 7pm, two hour shifts are available. Contact: Faye Couvillion 714-247-4328
Orange County Rescue Mission is also collecting clothing for the fire victims. It can be dropped off at the Village of Hope Warehouse, One Hope Drive in Tustin. The Village of Hope is located on the old Tustin Marine Helicopter Base and it sits right next to Red Hill Road between Barranca and Edinger.
The American Red Cross has a partnership with Goodwill and Salvation Army to provide shopping vouchers during disasters. You can also donate clothing to these organizations, and mark them Red Cross/OC Wildfires. For information on locations, call 1-800-446-6394 (Goodwill) or 1-800-958-7825 (Salvation Army).