Ways to help out Camp Fire evacuees

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Rachael Bayuk

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The Camp Fire has taken lives and homes, but it will not take our hope. Our community needs to stand together, stronger than ever before.

Part of standing together will be rebuilding lives. While sentimental things can never be replaced, there are so many things that can help.

Donation locations are all around Chico. Also, evacuation centers in Chico are a place to contact and ask what specific things families are in need of.

Everyone’s needs are different. Some people had time to pack up, while others did not. So calling and finding out what can best help is a good option.

Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other personal care items are always a good thing to donate. Don’t forget about women’s personal care items.

Periods are hard enough, so donating pads, tampons and Pamprin can be a real blessing.

Now, this is a college town and a lot of people want to help but just don’t have the funds to donate or run to the store and get supplies for evacuees. That’s okay, you can still help.

A quick closet clean out is the first step to helping.

Clothing items are a good thing to donate. A simple clear out of your lightly worn wardrobe items and you are on your way to helping!

Maybe that coat you bought, but don’t really wear too much, or the pair of hiking boots you swore you would used but never got around to. These items could make someone’s day a little brighter, all while keeping them warm.

Going through your book stash and donating some of the gems is a great step too.

Some books can bring a much needed smile too. If you are like me, you probably collect books all over. This is a great time to share those good reads you’ve been cherishing. A book can take us far away, it can change a whole day and entertain for hours.

Here are a few places to call about donating these items to evacuees.

The Salvation Army in Chico (530) 342-2192
Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley (530) 846-3626

Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City (530) 674-1280

Donating time can be just as valuable as donating items. Volunteer at an evacuation center, or an animal shelter that has taken in displaced pets.

To volunteer contact Caring Choices by calling 530-899-3873 or going to the office at 1398 Ridgewood Drive in Chico. According to their website, they are only accepting volunteer applications from California state employees or licensed medical personnel.

Do whatever you can, even if all you can do is send well wishes. Do that, show support. We are a community of love and we are strong.

Fire will not change that.

For more information about the Camp Fire check our news page or TheOrion.com, follow @theorion_news on twitter and call the Cal Fire information hotline at 530-538-7826.

Rachael Bayuk can be reached at [email protected] or @BayukRachael on Twitter.

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