I have received several requests for information about how we can help the firefighters who are fighting the nearby Holy Jim Fire.
Here is an email I received from the Orange County Fire Authority about how to help:
Subject: Holy Fire Donations
There has been an amazing outpouring by the community in support of the ongoing fire efforts.
We have received many phone calls and emails asking how individuals and businesses can help.
They are asking what they can supply to us for our firefighting efforts.
We have been explaining that our needs are being met; however, some would still like to contribute, if this is the case here are some suggestions for you.
Donations of water, electrolyte drinks, and store-bought sealed items may be delivered to the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center at 1 Fire Authority Road, Irvine, CA 92602, during normal business hours; however, we will be closed this Friday (due to regular every other Friday closures), and our facility is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Encourage donors to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is any need for the type of donation they are considering, prior to coming in. Many of our supply needs have been met.
We will be happy to forward any gift cards that are mailed or delivered to us to the OCFA Firefighter’s Benevolent Association for use for those fire members in need.
OCFA Foundation Website Link: https://www.ocfa.org/AboutUs/OCFAFoundation.aspx
OCFA Foundation Donation Link: https://www.msbpay.com/ocfa/Foundation/Departments
Wildland Firefighter Foundation Link: https://wffoundation.org/
Wildland Firefighter Foundation: https://give.wffoundation.org/products/DONATE-QUICK/donatetoday
We have noticed a few “Go Fund Me” accounts; however, we do not know the legitimacy of these at this time, and are not endorsing them until further research.
“Well wishes” and “words of encouragement” emails are always welcomed and appreciated and may be sent to us at COA@ocfa.org
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Stay safe everyone,
Clerk of the Authority
Orange County Fire Authority