DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - The images coming out of California are heart-breaking, and like many times before, we feel the need to help. These are people who have lost their homes, their jobs, their cars and even their sentimental memories like wedding dresses and photo albums.
So what is the best way to help? Trish Burnett, the Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region says money is the most effective way to help.
She says providing a monetary donation is the best way to support during disasters. It allows responding agencies like the Red Cross to provide what is most needed for the response. Many times people donate items from their home. According to Burnett, donating items often creates a secondary disaster as responders have to deal with the items instead of directly helping those affected.
Red Cross volunteers from our region have been deployed to help people affected by the wildfires in California and more will be deployed in the coming days. New shelters are opening and the fires are expected to continue into next week, so there will be an ongoing need for some time.
The Red Cross has deployed nearly 250 volunteers from our region to respond to hurricane disasters in Texas, Florid and Puerto Rico as well as the mass shooting in Las Vegas and now the wildfires in California.
Burnett says donations are critical to keep their services going and provide care for all of the disasters
If you would like to donate, you can do so by clicking. HERE.