My heart breaks for the victims and families who have lost everything in the wildfires of Southern California. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Trump (still can't believe I'm saying these for assistance. The Thomas Fire, which is the largest fire moving through the state, has destroyed over 272,000 acres of land. So far, California has spent $161 million to fight it and the cost is sure to grow.

The California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, estimates that the losses are currently over $1 billion.

"The tragic death of 42 people and over a billion in property losses are numbers—behind these numbers are thousands of people who've been traumatized by unfathomable loss. We must do all we can to ease their pain and help them recover and rebuild." Mr. Jones said in a statement.

If you want to help the people of California, you can donate to any of the organizations below:

Wildfire Relief Fund: supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.

Direct Relief: click “Direct my donation to” and choose “Southern California Wildfires.” Direct Relief is based in Santa Barbara.

The L.A. Relief: prepares meals for victims and firefighters.

Humane Society of Ventura County is helping animals who escaped the fire.

The United Way of Ventura County: Call 805-485-6288 or Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation.

The Red Cross or REDCROSS to 90999.

The Salvation Army

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