California has endured a truly devastating year of wildfires, as yet another series of blazes erupted early December of 2017, devastating tremendous swaths of land in Southern California. The fires have forced families to flee without a moment to spare, uncertain of what will remain of their homes when they return. The Thomas Fire, one of the largest in the state’s history since 1932, has already devoured 272,200 acres, still with little rain anticipated in the forecast.
Follow our Tzu Chi Relief mission here, as we provide continual updates on these tragic fires. Please keep all those affected in your heart, and join hands with us as we strive to bring forth a message of hope for those who desperately need it.
December 30, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Tzu Chi Relief volunteers continued providing emergency wildfire aid during the New Year’s Eve weekend, the assistance benefiting those affected across Ventura County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma County. Over $115,000 in cash cards has been distributed to more than 190 impacted families, as well as gloves, garbage bags, water, instant rice, and our eco-friendly blankets.
With this aid, care recipients were provided the means to set forth, and clean up the debris to rebuild their lives. The distress of residents is palpable as they push forward after all that was lost, but as many expressed in Sonoma County, “the love in the air is thicker than smoke.” This sentiment is truly echoed by the sense of unity in helping one another during this difficult time.
The Thomas Fire and the Creek Fire are still not yet fully contained as of now; let’s continue to keep all those affected in our hearts.
December 12, 2017 – December 16, 2017
We’re currently stationed at the Sylmar Local Assistance Center providing emergency cash cards and care packages full of necessities, including masks, blankets, instant rice, bamboo banks, and more, for those impacted by these devastating fires. Volunteers have given over $25,000 in financial relief to 140 residents so far, and we aim to continue reaching out to those in need, so that no one is left behind.