Thomas Fire: Where to Give, Get Help
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The Ventura County Community Foundation has launched a relief fund at www.vccf.org.
A fund has been set up by United Way in partnership with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. Checks may be sent to the United Way office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003. Contributors are asked to write Thomas Fire Fund in the memo line on checks. People may also give online at http://vcunitedway.org. To give via text, type uwvc in a message to the number 41444.
Rancho Campana High School has scheduled a donation drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the campus at 4235 Mar Vista Drive in Camarillo. These items are requested: water. nonperishable food, toiletries, diapers, infant supplies, blankets and bedding, and clothing including socks and jackets.
Westlake High School is seeking donations at a drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday in the front parking lot. Requested items are water, nonperishable food, blankets, bedding, toiletries and clothing including jackets. The campus is located at 100 Lakeview Canyon Road, Thousand Oaks.
Adolfo Camarillo High School will hold a donation drive from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the school’s lower parking lot at 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd. in Camarillo. Requested items are nonperishable protein drinks and food items, water bottles, plastic wear and paper goods, new towels and washcloths, new pillows, gently worn clothing and shoes, toiletries, hand sanitizer, feminine products, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers and wipes.
Pacifica High School is offering an assortment of goods collected in one day by 500 students from across the Oxnard Union High School District. The campaign spread via Twitter, producing what Pacifica Principal Ted Lawrence called “literally tons” of donations. Ihelplinere toiletries, clothing, dog food and bottled water. Needy residents may collect items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The school is located at 600 E. Gonzales Road, Oxnard.
Fit Zone gym has collected food, clothing and toiletries for fire victims. The supplies will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the business. The gym is at 4756-3 Telephone Road in the Ventura shopping center containing WinCo Foods. Potential recipients are asked to call owner Molly Hill, 805-766-4480.
Gold Coast Health Plan has lifted restrictions on prescription refills for members. For information, call OptumRx at 855-297-2870. Patients who need help retrieving oxygen tanks left behind during evacuations may call 888-301-1228. Gold Coast members who need help with transportation may call Ventura Transit System at 855-628-7433.
Meathead Movers is offering one month of free storage to residents displaced by the fire. Applicants are asked to call the Oxnard moving company to confirm the availability of a unit. Each will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license identifying a current address in the mandatory evacuation areas. Phone: 805-987-7201.
The Movegreen business is seeking donated goods to deliver to people who lost homes. Movegreen will use its storage facilities in Ventura and Santa Barbara as drop-off and collection points. Donations of food or any household items such as clothing or kitchenware are sought. The Ventura Movegreen facility is at 3112 Seaborg Ave., Suite D, and the Santa Barbara facility at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 130. Movegreen plans to deliver the items to the Ventura County Fairgrounds and the American Red Cross for distribution.
United Way is offering assistance to people who have been displaced. Callers may call the 2-1-1 helpline or text “thomasfire” to the number 898-211.