Welcome to another Morehouse Monday as well as a brand new work week.
Not gonna lie, loyal Savas Beatie customers, my heart is heavy this Monday morning. As I'm sure quite a few of you are aware, California had a pretty bad go of things last week. On top of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, we are currently dealing with a couple of fires... one of which being the most destructive fire in California history, The Camp Fire. A lot of lives have been lost, folks are still missing and entire towns are gone, including one of my most frequently visited - Paradise.
It seems no one has been immune to knowing someone grappling with tremendous loss out here - this office included. With that in mind, we here at Savas Beatie are doing our part to pitch in and we could use your help. Below are some organizations that you can donate to, both monetarily as well as with physical items (clothing, food, etc.). If you're able to donate something (ANYTHING!) to any one of these organizations.
In return, just shop our website and use the code FIRE18, add a comment you helped with a donation of any size or thing, and we'll give you 20% off ANY book we have in stock.
Below are a list of options, but I'm sure there are more ways if you want to do your own bit of research into that.
Thank you in advance, Savas Beatie family! Treat every day and all you have as a gift. You truly never know what you have until it's all gone.
- The Veterans Resource Center is accepting cash donations to deliver supplies and assist with relief efforts. Donations can be made through vetsresource.org and clicking "Donate," or by visiting www.best-charities.org and searching for Veterans Resource Centers of America and clicking "Make A Donation" at the top of the page. Type that the donation is for the Camp Fire.
- AT&T and the American Red Cross are partnering to help, but it wasn't immediately clear whether donations could specifically go to Camp Fire aid. You can choose to donate to "California Wildfires" or other causes at rdcrss.org/2OB0WIy, or by texting "CAWILDFIRES" to 90999.
- Donations of toiletries and underwear are being accepted at the Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Avenue, and at Cathy's Sew and Vac, 2418 Cohasset Road in Chico
- The United Way of Northern California has set up a relief fund for victims. Go to bit.ly/2OzNUer to donate, or by texting "BUTTEFIRE" to 91999. The fund will provide emergency cash to victims and also aid the United Way in its response to the fire. Businesses and organizations interested in helping contribute to the fund can call Jacob Peterson at 530-241-7521 or 916-218-5424. You can also email him at email@example.com.
- The North Valley Community Foundation is accepting financial donations to help fund services for victims. To donate, go to https://bit.ly/2T1cZT1
- The Salvation Army is also taking financial donations. There are a few ways you can donate: Go to gosalarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also mail donations to: The Salvation Army , PO Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 95834. Make sure to specify that you want your donation to go to Camp Fire aid.
- Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding will take donations 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday at the Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Drive. The idea is to fill a truck with goods to Butte County. The hospital will collect new blankets, warm clothing, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels, wash cloths, socks, underwear, brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pet food and toys and supplies, backpacks, duffel bags, children and youth clothes and gift cards for food. The collection will take place at the Civic parking lot.
- If you'd like to be on standby to help out at one of the shelters, fill out an application at: https://bit.ly/2JXTbfb. Go to the same website if you're a notary who can volunteer to notarize victims' applications for services.
- Some of the shelters themselves also are taking donations, but the things you donate through the Red Cross need to be brand new. Drop items off at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 201 W. 1st St. in Chico. Their list of items needed includes: Clothing, bedding, toiletries, water bottles, batteries, feminine hygiene products, toilet paper, non-perishable food and first-aid items.
- Used and new bedding is being accepted at the Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 East 16th St. in Chico, where some families of children with special needs are staying.
- Pedro GTP Relief, a nonprofit started after the Carr fire, has a 10,000-square-foot building at 1322 Butte St. in Redding that has supplies for victims, including clothing, toiletries, water, canned food, non-perishables, furniture and bedding. Call 530-777-0002 or go to www.pedrogtprelief.com.
- If you have a home you're willing to list for evacuees free through Airbnb, go to bit.ly/2z0KH2t.