Fire Relief – Butte County/Paradise

Please pass this on to your members and to the detachments.  Please notify me of information on MCL member losses in the Southern California fires.

The chaos has started to settle down. I am reading that many of the shelters and local charities are asking that no more used clothing and items be brought. They are asking for new items such as new shoes (even inexpensive ones).  Others are suggesting gift cards and cash to known charities.  We know of one of the Marine Corps League member (Tehama 1140) who has lost everything. He drove himself to the hospital in Chico to continue his current cancer treatment  (for a GoFundMe page set up by his grandson please read below).  Because Paradise/Magalia was a popular location for retirees – there are a number of veterans who have been impacted.  Most lost everything – home, belongings, vehicles, sometimes pets.  My wife Kathy and I will continue to search for more information and make a few phone calls to provide you with more contact locations. I have been working on a group email listing for all detachments to forward this info, but it has been a difficult experience due to lack of updated email information. Hope to complete soon. We will keep in touch.
The Hope Center in Oroville is still taking donations (asking for backpacks, new undergarments, non-perishable food, paper products, and bedding items.  Their warehouse is at 2850 Feather River Blvd., Oroville.

*****Here are good standard and well-known charities.***** 
If you have doubts about certain ones listed here – check them on Charitynavigator.org or Guidestar.org.  
Veterans Resource Center
a cash donation to the VRC will help their staff in Chico, CA work with the local authorities with the Camp Fire relief effort.  Visit http://www.vetsresource.org and click on “Donate” – specify it’s for Camp Fire relief.
United Way of Northern California (UWNC)
Established the NorCal Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of the Camp Fire. To donated, text BUTTEFIRE to 91999 or visit http://www.norcalunitedway.org/camp-fire
American Red Cross
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999  or visit the Red Cross website http://www.redcross.org and select “I want to Support California Wildfires”.
The Salvation Army
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Designate your donation to Camp Fire aid. Mail-in donations can be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 348000, Sacramento, CA  95834.  Specify it’s for Camp Fire relief.
The North Valley Community Foundation has two funds:  The Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund and the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund. Donors can make an open gift to the school fund, or designate a specific use, like textbooks or school supplies. Donations accepted through the foundation’s website Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund – North Valley Community Foundation
For “Gunny Milton” – here is the link

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