How to Donate to Mill Fire Victims in Weed California

After a fire broke out near the town of Weed on Friday, leaving two women dead and at least 91 buildings in ruins, GoFundMe has created an online hub for verified fundraisers to help victims ” rebuild and recover” from the fire.

The fundraising website’s page, “How You Can Help: Donate to Mill Fire Relief Fundraisers,” lists 23 pages checked Tuesday morning and will continue to be updated as more accounts complete the day. verification process.

To verify an account, the company looks up banking information, according to its website. The site also requires government-issued ID, other forms of identification, and an address. GoFundMe holds “all funds raised until the recipient is added to the fundraiser to be withdrawn and their identity has been confirmed.

Since Friday afternoon, the deadly Siskiyou County Fire has spread north into the community of Lake Shastina. The blaze now covers 6.7 square miles.

The fire, which Weed residents suspect started at the Roseburg Forest Products plant, is currently 55% contained, Cal Fire’s Siskiyou unit said in an update Tuesday morning.

Here are the verified accounts that have been added so far asking for monetary donations to help families affected by the mill fire in Siskiyou County, according to GoFundMe:

Verified Accounts

A total of $35,408 has been donated to verified GoFundMe accounts seeking monetary donations to rebuild from the mill fire in Northern California.

The GoFundMe account, “Donate to Ivon Kelly, Mill Wild Fire Survivor” has raised $1,375 since posting on Monday. The organizer is asking for $50,000 to help his family “rebuild some pieces” after they lost their cat in the fire and collapsed in the street due to smoke, the fundraiser says.

The GoFundMe account, “Rebuilding Hope” has raised $3,025 since posting on Sunday. The organizer is asking for $10,000 to help the family “buy and furnish a new home.”

Another account, “Lost House and Everything to Mill Fire” has raised nearly $5,000 since being posted on Sunday. The organizer is asking for $20,000 to help their family start over because “everything was lost to the mill fire”.

“The Tobar Family” has raised $100 since its release on Saturday. The organizer is asking for $5,000 to help his family buy diapers, wipes, food and medicine.

GoFundMe will continue to update the hub page as more accounts are verified. He also has his own fundraiser, “Wildfire Relief Fund 2022”. It was created to help Oregonians affected by wildfires, according to an email from a company spokesperson.

“Funds raised will help a wide range of relief work, from providing shelter, food and other needed supplies, to supporting long-term recovery and relocation efforts, and funding training and of firefighter resources as they work to contain these fires,” the fundraiser states. .

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Brianna Taylor is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. A former Bee intern, Brianna has also reported from Missouri and Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University.