Doing More

Daniel Bouchard of the Thousand Trails R.V. Community, checked in at Golden Valley High School today as a Station Fire evacuee today with two of his sons. The family enjoyed lunch, compliments of The Salvation Army.

Daniel Bouchard of the Thousand Trails R.V. Community, checked in at Golden Valley High School today as a Station Fire evacuee today with two of his sons. The family enjoyed lunch, compliments of The Salvation Army. (Photo courtesy of SoCal Salvation Army)

KCRA 3 News in Sacramento, Calif., followed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as he toured some of the destruction in Auburn, Calif., left in the wake of the northern California wildfires.

On Monday, he expressed sympathy to those who’d lost their homes in the fires.

“It’s painful to see the devastation,” Schwarzenegger told reporters after a visit to the fire area.  “My heart goes out to these people.”

Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency for several counties affected by the wildfire.  As of late Monday evening, The Salvation Army of Southern California had reported that the Station Fire has doubled in size to 85,000 acres and claimed the lives of two firefighters.

On the scene since Saturday, the SoCal Salvation Army is now supporting all 6 of the emergency shelters for fire evacuees throughout the affected region. (Follow our response efforts on the SoCal Salvation Army Twitter feed!)

As the fire rages on, support is flowing in from across the country.  Firemen from other locales are California-bound and Americans the country over are sending their well-wishes to those affected and those responding.

But we can do more.  Monetary donations are the most pressing need.  And tangible donations – food, pet food, clothing, etc. – can help ensure The Army’s ability to offer long-term recovery support to those affected by the wildfires.

Monetary donations can be made directly to the SoCal Army here, via 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to your local Salvation Army with “Southern California Wildfires” in the memo line.

We’re all doing something – praying, hoping – but together we can do The Most Good.

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