On Thursday, November 8 we woke to the news that, for the 307th time this year, there was a mass shooting where 12 innocent lives were lost. This time, the shooting took place in a town 30 minutes from where I live, in a bar I used to frequent, Borderline Bar and Grill. So close to home. We watched in horror as the details of the shooting unfolded: hearing the names, the details, the horrific way these innocent people lost their lives has really rocked our county to its core. No matter what you believe the loss of innocent lives to a senseless act of violence is WRONG. My heart breaks thinking about the families that will be missing a loved one during the holidays, the people who have been affected by this unbelievable loss.
And, if that wasn’t enough, two fires started in the area on the same day. We sat, glued to our TVs, watching as the fires spread, checking in with family and friends, praying their homes would be spared. Sadly, these fires are not even close to being contained and high winds are expected to continue this week. This is happening less than one year after the Thomas Fire, which destroyed much of my hometown of Ventura as well as Ojai, Santa Paula, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito in December 2017.
Seeing the same devastation that took place in my hometown happen only miles away is truly heartbreaking. Friends have been displaced, local businesses are suffering, animals have nowhere to go. After watching our community come together during the Thomas Fire, I want to help our neighbors in the Conejo Valley and, if you do too, here are some organizations who would benefit from your kindness:
The Humane Society of Ventura County
The Humane Society of Ventura County has been taking in animals that have been evacuated from the Woosley and Hill Fires. Local vets are donating their time and resources to care for them. You can donate to their general fund here. Or, you can purchase items off their Amazon wish list here. I used to volunteer at this organization as a little girl.
Ventura County Community Foundation
The VCCF has set up a fund called the Conejo Valley Victims Fund. This fund goes directly to the families of the victims of the Borderline Shooting and was set up in partnership with the City of Thousand Oaks. You can donate to this fund by clicking here.
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
We have many friends who serve as firefighters in LA Fire and their resources are stretched thin right now and they are in need of resources. Your donations help with equipment and supplies among other things and will be very beneficial in this time of need. You can donate by clicking here.
Baby2Baby provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. They are accepting donations for children affected by the Hill, Camp and Woolsey fires. You can check out their registry here.
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Thank you for coming together to support those in need. Together we are #805strong and #CaliforniaStrong. From the ashes, we will rise.