Our mission is to provide immediate and direct assistance to those adversely affected by the Northern California wild fires. How we intend to accomplish this is detailed below:
- We are collecting goods throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. These goods will be trucked to Northern California where those in need can come pick up necessities. There are numerous drop off locations throughout Los Angeles for those able to donate necessary goods.
We are seeking:
- Bottled Water
- Sleeping Bags
- New Socks and Undergarments
- New Healthcare Goods: tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and soap
- Animal Crates and Leashes
- We are working with ASPCA and Sonoma County Animal Services to aid in rescuing animals and to reunite lost pets with their owners.
About Direct Relief:Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and over 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – regardless of politics, religion, or ability to pay.
- The majority of the money raised (that is not used for animal rescue and transport) will be donated to Direct Relief.
The first nonprofit organization in the United States to be designated by The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor, Direct Relief is among the largest medical suppliers.
Direct Relief earns a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes, tops Charity Navigator’s list of the “10 Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of,” and is named by Fast Company among "the world's most innovative companies in not-for-profit."
Among other distinctions, Direct Relief received the 2014 CECP Director's Award, the President's Award from Esri for excellence in GIS mapping, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.
Direct Relief’s donation policy ensures that 100 percent of all designated contributions for specific programs or emergency responses are used only on expenses related to supporting that program or response.
Since the fires began, Direct Relief has made 12 emergency deliveries valued at more than $264K to the California state offices of emergency services and public health, public health departments in three affected counties, and nonprofit community health centers and shelters. Items such as more than 100,000 N95 masks, supplies like inhalers and other respiratory medications, in addition to over the counter medical products, have been sent to support relief efforts. Two emergency health kits, filled with key medicines and designed to treat 100 patients for three to five days, were also sent as requested by the California Dept. of Public Health.