How to Help With the California Wildfires

November 12, 2018

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Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the wildfires in both Northern and Southern California. News coverage and social media has given us a haunting look into how much land and how many homes have been affected - including from ALT 92.3 artists, like Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

Jimi Hendrix saw these Southern California daze when he sang look at the sky turn hellfire red someone’s house is burning down down down down. The Los Angeles air is thick with smoke, ash, and ember and the danger has not passed. My house might have burned down down last night were it not for my friend Eric (in the second pic) who defied the evacuation orders and stayed up all through the night armed with his wits and a garden hose, and put out all the little fires at my house and my neighbors, saving our asses. He is a brave and beautiful, a selfless and kind man. So I was able to go be silly with my kids today and go get our nails painted funny colors, without bearing the heavy weariness of having lost all my stuff. We are not out of the woods yet, but with people like eric around we are gonna be ok. Times like these we have to do everything we can to help each other, listen to each other, step up for our neighbors. Empathy is everything, our greatest trait.

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So many people's lives will never be the same after this: there are countless terrified animals who have had to be rescued too. I was grateful to text a close friend in Burbank and hear that she and her cats were safely cuddling, but that's not the case for so many families and pets. Here's a link to donate directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in California.