Red Cross accepting donations to help with California wildfires

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Evacuees from a wildfire rest on cots and blankets supplied by the Red Cross in the gymnasium at Taft Charter High School in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

The American Red Cross is now accepting donations for the wildfires burning out of control in California.

At least 42 people have died from the fires, with dozens still missing. Officials say this makes the wildfire the deadliest in the state’s history.

How to help

Many on the ground say money is the preferred way to support.

“During a natural disaster with constant images of destruction on television and social media, public reaction is to want to help, and we are so grateful for that support,” sheriff’s Chief Maria Gutierrez, who is also director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center, told NBC Los Angeles. “The easiest and most effective way to get support to those who need it most is to donate to organizations offering direct assistance.”

The Red Cross is in California, hosting temporary emergency shelters and food sites across the state.

Nexstar, WSAV’s parent company, is teaming up with the Red Cross to help. You can join us in supporting their recovery efforts here.

Where do your donations go?

Stephanie Wagner, Regional Director of Communications and Marketing with the American Red Cross says that on average, for every dollar that is received by the American Red Cross, 91 cents goes back to the specified response recovery and the preparedness effort for disasters.

The other 9 cents goes towards administrative costs.

The American Red Cross responds to 64,000 disasters a year on average. They can range from small disasters to more extreme ones like a major hurricane.

For more information about the Red Cross, visit here.

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