As news broke following the devastating fire in Lake and Napa Counties that severely impacted the communities of Cobb and Middletown, Colusa County residents began conjuring ways to help their neighboring county.
Community members began collecting necessities as several businesses; individuals and organizations offered a way to deliver the goods to those in need.
As of Monday evening the following locations offered to be donation drop-off locations for those wishing to help:
- River Rat Customs, Colusa
- Arbuckle Elementary School, Arbuckle
- Williams Fire Department, Williams
- Maxwell Fire Department, Maxwell
- Granzella’s Inn (Conference Room), Williams
A compiled list of necessities include:
- Non-perishable food
- Fruits, Vegetables
- Shoes (flip-flops)
- Baby Diapers & Wipes
- Kids Toys
- Duffle Bags
- non-perishable dry and canned food
- sleeping bags
Granzella’s Inn is also accepting gift cards that will be distributed to evacuees staying in the Williams area motels.
The County of Lake Office of Emergency Services asks that people who want to help consider making monetary donations through the North Coast Opportunities/Mendo-Lake Credit Union or Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund.
Payments may be made online at http://www.lakecountylac.com/donate-now.html , and checks may be made out to Mendo-Lake Credit Union or North Coast Opportunities with a memo for Valley Fire and dropped off or mailed to the following branch locations:
– 14866 Olympic Drive in Clearlake, CA 95422
– 953 11th Street in Lakeport, CA 95453
– 526 S State Street in Ukiah, CA 94582
Officials also advise carefully screening websites, as less than 24 hours after the Valley Fire broke out, reports already began of fake Gofundme, PayPal or similar accounts started by scammers looking to pocket money donors thought would help fire victims.
That’s why fire officials remind people that the best way to make monetary donations is through official entities such as the American Red Cross. Visit redcross.org to donate.