Wide Fire outrage has scorched millions of acres in the western U.S. and hurricanes have displaced tens of thousands in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico of the past few months. Charities across the country have leapt in to help.
The Wildfire disaster has devastated more than 245,000 acres of Northern California in October, destroying more than 8,400 homes and buildings, the Sonoma Humane Society has helped evacuate animals, provided welfare checks on animals sheltered in place and given pet food, blankets, litter boxes, pet beds and even charity veterinary services to pet owners affected by the fires.
The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties has been a safety net for local communities for decades. Their North Bay Wildfire Emergency Fund funnels 100 percent of funds raised into food, clothing, shelter, relocation expenses and even counseling for fire victims. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund does the same for hurricane victims in Texas.
Clean water is the most basic human need, and Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization, works to make sure that people in disaster areas get it. The group creates sustainable safe water systems for people in developing countries too.
Since Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico, Water Mission has worked to get clean water to more than 200 rural communities on the island.
Lutheran Church Charities, based in Illinois, sends trained K-9 Comfort Dogs wherever they’re most needed. The dogs recently brought comfort and compassion to victims’ families, first responders and the community after Hurricane Harvey and after the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, shootings.