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|10/24/2007||World Vision Responding to California Wildfires|
World Vision Providing Donated Products
Aid agency expects recovery to take time for hardest-hit families;
to Wildfire Victims
volunteers needed in L.A
Federal Way, Washington, October 30, 2007
— As more California wildfire evacuees return home this week, Christian relief agency World Vision is distributing household basics to area families who have been hard hit by the fires. Three staff members from Seattle have joined World Vision’s team in Southern California to continue its assessment and response.
“It will take time for life to return to normal here,” said Jo Carcedo, World Vision’s area director for Southern California. “World Vision is especially concerned about families whose homes have been completely destroyed, who didn’t have insurance, who may have lost their jobs or who were already struggling financially. We’ll continue working closely with our church partners in affected communities to make sure these families receive the support they need to get back on their feet.”
Corporations including Cardinal Health, Cypress Medical, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Chico's, KIDS and others have so far donated an estimated $2 million worth of new product to World Vision, which will help people in Southern California recover in the days and weeks ahead. Items include bottled water, face masks, bedding and blankets, clothing, personal hygiene products, diapers and baby food, ground coffee and cleaning supplies.
Local volunteers will begin sorting and packaging donated items today at World Vision’s Storehouse in Los Angeles. World Vision is distributing the goods through churches and community organizations reaching out to returning evacuees and other households in need.
Rancho Bernardo Baptist Church in San Diego County is one congregation that will distribute items from World Vision as a way to care for its recovering community. “We cannot do this alone. We can use the resources of World Vision to help supply the needs of our community,” said Dan Maxton, the church’s pastor.
“Churches are on the frontlines when disasters strike our country,” said Romanita Hairston, vice president for World Vision’s U.S. programs. “World Vision’s network of church partners around the country, our extensive corporate partnerships and decades of experience in international emergency response allow us to play a unique role in helping victims of disaster here at home.”
Beyond its church partners in the affected area, World Vision is continuing to coordinate closely with the Red Cross, other voluntary organizations and the local faith community. The public can help by calling 1.888.56.CHILD or visiting www.worldvision.org. Volunteers are still needed at World Vision’s Storehouse in Los Angeles; please call 323.751.4408.
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Contact: Rachel Wolff , World Vision 253.815.2072 (o); 253.394.2214 (m)