I Am California

I Am California

We are not personally feeling the physical effects of the fires in California all the way over here in Charleston, SC, but we are with Paradise, Thousand Oaks, and elsewhere in spirit.
California is not just another state in the union, it is a dream, an idea, a land of experimentation and opportunity.  We love California and all that it represents.  
In the words of John Craigie:
"I am California
Can't you see
Wherever you roam
you'll always want me"
(If you haven't heard the song, now is a good time to listen.)
With that in mind we wanted to share with you several ways to support those in our adopted state that are dealing with the physical effects of the devastating fires.
Here are just a few ways:
  • Los Angeles Fire Department:
  • The American Red Cross: Visit the Red Cross’ special donation page or call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army: A special page,, has been created to accept donations. People can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and specify “Camp Fire” for designated funds.
  • United Way of Northern California: A fund to provide emergency help to fire victims has been set up. Visit the fundraising web page or text BUTTEFIRE to 91999 to donate.
  • Firefighters Charitable Foundation: The foundation accepts donations to help fire and disaster victims, support volunteer fire stations and help children in need.
  • Northern California Fire Relief Fund: 100% of all donations to this fund go to the organizations and agencies on the ground who are helping those affected by the fires.