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How to help fire victims

October 25, 2007

Charitable groups responding to the Southern California wildfires are seeking donations to assist residents affected by the disaster.

American Red Cross: Cash donations can be made through or through a local Red Cross chapter. Information on shelter locations can be found on local Red Cross websites. Information: (800) REDCROSS or (800) 257-7575 for Spanish speakers.

Governor's Office of Emergency Services: Businesses wishing to donate large quantities of goods for distribution to fire victims can call (800) 750-2858 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Pacific time. Volunteers can find more information at the governor's CaliforniaVolunteers website at

United Health Group: Southern Californians coping with the emotional consequences of the fires can call a counseling hotline at (866) 342-6892. The free service provided by the insurance company will be available around the clock for as long as needed.

Salvation Army: Cash contributions can be made through its website or by calling (800) SALARMY.

The Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Contributions can be made through or by calling (888) SPCALA1. Food supplies, including for farm animals, also are needed.

LA Times Family Fund and KTLA Charities Fire Relief Campaign: The Times, KTLA-TV and the McCormick Tribune Foundation created the relief campaign to raise funds for agencies that help those affected by the fires. Call toll free (877) 713-0278 or check https://mccormicktribune. org/donations/startapp. aspx?campaignid=19

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