On March 28, 2018, participate in Red Cross Giving Day! A donation of $88.50 already gives a family food, blankets and essentials needed after a natural disaster. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Red Cross. All opinions are 100% mine.
Instead, the orange hue in the sky was because of a wildfire raging in Los Angeles and nearby Ventura county.
With no rain and unusual heat in December (even for southern California), the dry brush made it easier for fires to spread across many acres in a matter of minutes. The fires were so fast, families couldn’t even pack properly—they grabbed their essentials, and left everything else behind.
Meanwhile, nearby cities closed many school districts and warned of unsafe air quality. Our school district remained opened, but didn’t allow the children to play outside.
Still, that inconvenience was nothing compared to what happened when families were finally able to go back. Many returned to find everything gone. I watched news coverage and saw houses burned black, leaving nothing intact.
As a parent, I couldn’t even imagine how difficult it must’ve been to try to stay strong for your kids while dealing with this catastrophe. And with the holidays around the corner, the wildfires couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Spreading the holiday spirit to children
Thinking about those kids during the holidays was enough to inspire my friend Joe (my sister’s boyfriend). Having grown up in Ventura and still living and working there, he felt drawn to give kids a happy holiday, despite all they’ve gone through.
So Joe partnered with the American Red Cross to buy and donate toys and distribute them to the children for the holidays. He asked friends, family and coworkers to donate money, and bought toys and gifts tailored to each child’s interests.
He then distributed the toys to the children, spreading the holiday spirit to families going through the unimaginable. It’s donations like these that remind disaster-stricken families that people haven’t forgotten.
American Red Cross Giving Day: March 28
The Los Angeles and Ventura wildfire is just one story out of many. In the past year, record-breaking natural disasters have impacted families across the country.
Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross meets a family that has lost everything—their home, clothes, and cherished possessions. They make sure families receive food, supplies and shelter that you and I would want to have in those unthinkable circumstances.
Perhaps most importantly, the American Red Cross provides hope that families can rebuild their lives.
The American Red Cross relies on our donations during those first devastating hours. In fact, just $88.50 already provides a family with a day’s worth of food, blankets, and essentials.
On March 28 2018, join me and thousands of people for Giving Day. Your donations will support Red Cross Giving Day, which is raising money to help support families after disaster, big and small.
You can help a family
Watching news coverage of the Los Angeles and Ventura fires broke my heart. I couldn’t imagine losing everything all of a sudden, with only a few minutes to grab what you can to escape.
Unfortunately, many families will continue to experience disasters both big and small throughout the year. They’ll cope with intense emotions, all while trying to rebuild their lives, move forward, and stay strong for their kids.
But you and I don’t have to sit in the sidelines—we can help even just one family cope with these disasters. The American Red Cross makes it incredibly easy to donate below.
I’ve already made my donation—please join me and thousands of others to give one family the help and support they need: