The current focus of the Red Cross is on the immediate needs of the residents which include, shelter, food and comfort. It takes time and money to store, sort and distribute donated items and this time the Red Cross is working with community partners to help us in this effort. The Red Cross isn’t equipped to handle a large influx of donations such as household items, clothing or food that may or may not be useful to affected residents.
If you’d still like to donate goods, they are being accepted at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights - the Salvation Army is assisting with sorting, cleaning and distributing items.
There is an overflow of donations that have been dropped off at other locations and at our shelters in the Kern River Valley. Goodwill has offered to sort and clean those donations. This has to be done in Bakersfield, but then the donations will come back to the community. We are actively partnering with the Goodwill to set up a distribution site in Kern River Valley for residents to access these donations free of charge.
We appreciate the overwhelming support of Kern County, and our volunteers are doing everything they possibly can to support the affected families and to work with community partners to keep donated goods accessible for those who need them.