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Lauren Coughlin, Editor
7:49 am PST November 29, 2018

In the wake of tragedy, there are many working to provide relief. 

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the disaster assistance center at the Malibu courthouse, which is certainly the first stop for a plethora of resources. For more details, please see this article.

Many of you also have probably heard about the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu’s Emergency Fire Relief Fund. Kasey Earnest, executive director, explained that the funds will be available to Malibu residents who have lost their homes or been displaced who can demonstrate financial need. The fund also is available to those who have lost their jobs or who have an association to Malibu and Malibu’s public schools. Many of you probably know these people well, and if you’re fortunate enough to be someone who is able to help, this effort is just one way to do so. Questions about the fund can be directed to emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org or (424) 388-9862, and donations may be made to bgcmalibu.org. Applications for assistance can be found at the same website. 

Los Angeles County officials have urged donations to American Red Cross (redcross.org), United Way (unitedwayla.org), LA County Animal Care Foundation (lacountyanimals.org), and the LA Fire Department Foundation (supportlafd.org).

Meanwhile, many individuals have launched GoFundMe pages, and many other community organizations and businesses continue to step forward. 

There are also stories about the aid provided by groups such as the Little Angels Project, the Humane Society of Ventura County, and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. 

Meanwhile, there are other groups that are working to provide help.

One is the Malibu Coast Animal Hospital, which is compiling a list of individuals who are able to foster pets. Anyone interested in getting involved is asked to email information@malibuvets.com with their availability (dog/cat, size, duration) and contact information. 

Another group, Karma Rescue also is offering support to those impacted by the fires through its outreach program, Project Coco. The nonprofit can be reached at info@karmarescue.org or (310) 512-7833, and donations can be made to karmarescue.org/donate/.

Surely, there are many other efforts of which we are not yet aware, and we will do our due diligence in sharing them. But, as officials have warned, please beware that there are those who take advantage in the darkest of times. In the end, any donations you do choose to make should only be to the groups you trust, and there are sure to be plenty of efforts that fall in that comfort zone.