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Red Cross Update on Response to the California Wildfires

Red Cross Update on Response to the California Wildfires
As with any large disaster, we’d like to provide updates on our efforts since the fires began in early September.

Our friends and neighbors in Amador and Calaveras counties endured a relentless series of devastating wildfires this summer. Today our work continues, where Red Cross staff and volunteers continue to collaborate to ensure residents have the long term support they need to get back on their feet and return to daily life.

As with any large disaster, we’d like to provide updates on our efforts since the fires began in early September. Below, you’ll find a Stewardship Report that provides a first-hand look at what we did to help residents immediately after the Valley and Butte fires broke out, and what we are continuing to do to help them recover today.

Below is a snapshot on the services to help residents here in Amador and Calaveras affected by the Butte Fire. Thanks to the generous support and donations from people near and far, we were able to:

  • Open 5 shelters providing over 1,750 overnight stays;
  • Serve more than 33, 000 meals and snacks;
  • Hand out 23,500 relief items, like comfort kits and clean up kits containing shovels, gloves and more;
  • And open 430 cases to provide one-on-one support to residents.
  • Because of our donors, families like the Sprayberry family (pictured) were able to find comfort, a warm place to sleep in and food to eat at one of the shelters that was established in the Valley Springs area immediately following the evacuations after the Butte fire erupted.

    Thank you for your support and commitment to help those affected by these wildfires. Your generosity makes the hope of recovery possible at a time when people need it the most.

    Click here to read the California Wildfires – Three Month Update.