Red Cross: How to Help Camp Fire Evacuees

The American Red Cross is helping Camp Fire evacuees. They have four shelters set up so far and said they could use your help.

The shelters are already full and they may be adding more.

Stephen Walsh with the American Red Cross said the number one way to help is by giving financial donations, but you can also bring items to the shelters. Things to keep people warm would be most helpful at this point. 

"The first thing that strikes me is that it's cold outside," Walsh said. "Sweatshirts would be wonderful, socks. I've heard a lot of people say they want socks." 

Walsh said there aren't too many children in the shelters right now, but for those who are there, things to keep them entertained would be appreciated.

"If people think of fun, easy things like coloring books, crayons, those kind of things," Walsh said. "It adds a lot of stress to the parents while they're trying to figure out what's going on with their family, they're also trying to keep their children happy and occupied." 

Here's a list of the current shelters: 

22 Gay Street in Chester

Gridley: Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 East Hazel

Oroville: Church of the Nazarene, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue

Chico: (AT CAPACITY)  Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard


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