This summer has been a tough one for residents of California and Nevada due to the large wildfires in the area. Many families have been forced to evacuate their homes leaving thousands without basic necessities. Fortunately, our community has rallied together to provide some aid to those affected. Local charities and shelters are offering free resources to fire evacuees such as food and lodging, but everyday household items are still very much needed.
If you’re interested in helping victims of the Dixie and Caldor fires who were evacuated from their homes, it may be easier than you had thought. Though monetary donations are always appreciated, things like clothes, pet supplies, and blankets are in high demand. Many of these items are lying in your storage unit and if they’re going unused, they may be better suited for the donation bin. So, if you’ve been asking yourself “how can I help fire evacuees?”, read more below to learn about where you can make donations in Reno.
Donations You Can Make to Help Caldor Fire Victims
Many of the common donation items that are needed can be found in your own storage unit. Most of us with rented storage space keep extra household items just in case they’re ever needed, but oftentimes, the items end up getting donated much later on. If you’ve been considering donating the boxed-up clothing and extra bedding taking up room in your storage unit, now’s the perfect time to do so. Some items that you can donate to help Caldor fire victims include:
- Clothing – Shirts, pants, jackets, etc. (for men, women, and children)
- Bedding – Blankets, comforters, pillows, etc.
- Pet Supplies – Pet carriers, water and food bowls, food, cat litter trays, etc.
Other items that aren’t commonly found in storage units, but are still needed include:
- Toiletries – Toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.
- Water – Bottled or gallon jugs
- Food – Nonperishables
Where and How to Donate
There are numerous facilities and drop-off locations that are accepting donations for victims of the Caldor and Dixie fires in and around Reno. Organizations such as the Carson City Nevada Humane Society, the American Red Cross, the Washoe County Emergency Management, and more are actively seeking and accepting donations.
Local businesses such as Just Brew It and Fuentes Restaurant and Cantina are also pitching in to help out by providing a safe space for evacuees to go along with offering those affected free meals. Lodging is also being offered for free or at a discounted rate for victims of the fires by a few of the local casinos including Boomtown, the Peppermill, and the Atlantis.
Here are some resources that can help you make a donation to help Caldor fire victims:
Visit Your Storage Facility Today to Donate Items to Fire Evacuees
As some of the largest fires in California history, you can imagine the detrimental effects that the Caldor and Dixie fires have had on the community. And since these fires aren’t expected to be contained for another few weeks, it’s crucial that we do all we can right now to help those who have been affected. Consider paying a visit to your storage facility today and make a donation to help fire evacuees in need. It can make a big difference in your community and helps you let go of some items you have no use for.