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How you can help: Donations for Valley, Butte fire victims

On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, a man sits on a cot in an evacuation center at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds in Calistoga, Calif., after the Valley fire forced him and many other people from their homes. Resources have emerged to provide help for victims of the Valley fire and the Butte fire burning in Amador and Calaveras counties.
On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, a man sits on a cot in an evacuation center at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds in Calistoga, Calif., after the Valley fire forced him and many other people from their homes. Resources have emerged to provide help for victims of the Valley fire and the Butte fire burning in Amador and Calaveras counties. AP

Victims of two Northern California wildfires have been hit hard, many losing all their possessions. Donations are being sought, including clothing, money and gift cards.

Many agencies and organizations are accepting donations to assist fire victims in their recovery. Here is a list of some efforts with links to help. (If you have information to add, please note it in the comment field below.)

General fire assistance

▪  American Red Cross

Safe and Well registration: This is a place to register and let people know you are OK, and where friends and family can find out that you are safe.

Online: Make donations through the Red Cross. Designate donations to “California Wildfires.”

Phone: 800-733-2767.

Text message: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

▪  Physical donations

Volunteers are taking donations for victims of the Butte and Valley fires in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

▪  Property assistance

The Contractors State License Board has activated its disaster response support for residents of Amador, Calaveras and Lake counties whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by the Butte or Valley fires.

Property owners can access CSLB’s Disaster Help Center to tap into helpful publications. These include “After a Disaster, Don’t Get Scammed” and “What You Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor.” CSLB’s Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster video also is available. CSLB Disaster Hotline: 800-962-1125, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or call the 24/7 automated information line: 800-321-2752.

▪  Tax relief

Taxpayers affected by wildfires in Amador, Calaveras, Lake and Napa counties are eligible for qualifying disaster loss treatment under a new law covering areas where the governor declares a state of emergency. Details: FTB Publication 1034, Disaster Loss: How to Claim a State Tax Deduction.

Butte fire

▪  American Red Cross Butte Fire information line and connections to other resources: 925-588-6678.

▪  Calaveras Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations on the website or mailed to: PO Box 1436, Angels Camp, 95222. Please indicate “DRF” on checks or in the PayPal comment box. 209-736-1845.

▪  Salvation Army Donations, Calaveras Service Unit, Tax ID # 94-1170408. Send to: Calaveras Health & Human Services, 509 E St Charles St., San Andreas, CA 95249. 209-754-6851.

▪  Butte Fire donation page on Facebook, including information about volunteers needed.

▪  Resource Connection Food Bank is accepting food donations, 209-754-1257. Donation locations available on the website.

▪  Mymotherlode.com has a comprehensive list of relief resources and ways to help victims of the Butte fire.

Valley fire

▪  LoveLakeCounty.org provides a comprehensive list of donation centers and a searchable database with individual cities as well as items needed.

▪  Redwood Credit Union is taking donations online and at any North Bay or San Francisco branch. Checks payable to RCU Lake County Fire Victims Fund can be sent to Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.

▪  Tri Counties Bank branches in Lake and Napa counties made an initial donation of $10,000 to help victims of the fire and are accepting donations on the website.

▪  Santa Rosa Birth Center is accepting baby clothes, wipes and other supplies for children at 583 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-1544.

▪  Pet owners looking to report lost pets or rescue needs should contact the Lake County Animal Care & Control at 707-263-0278. The ASPCA is assisting the local agency to shelter displaced animals in its 30-foot disaster response trailer customized to house animals in an emergency.

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