We mentioned earlier this week about the destructive wildfires in California. There's even a Tennessee Red Cross volunteer deployed to California to help folks there. Here's the story of one Californian who was affected by the wildfire:
John Couracos' home in Lake Isabella, California, was destroyed by the Erskine wildfire last week. He lost nearly everything, including his musical instruments—which were very dear to his heart. John and his neighbors in Squirrel Valley had to evacuate as the wildfire approached, and many families had no place to sleep.
Red Cross volunteers stepped up to provide shelter, food, water, healthcare, and comfort amidst the chaos of the disaster. Some families have been able to return to their neighborhoods earlier this week, but safe drinking water and electricity are hard to come by, so the Red Cross is ensuring people have what they need: flashlights, water, meals, and cleanup supplies.
To help us help others in California, you can donate to the Red Cross by visiting redcross.org/donate, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.