To help communities and families affected by the devastating wildfires in California, The
The series of wildfires that began on Oct. 8 are among the most destructive in state history, claiming lives and homes and displacing more than 100,000 people. The fires in California’s wine country have been particularly devastating.
“Our hearts go out to the families and communities in California as entire neighborhoods have been devastated by the wildfires and to the teams on the ground fighting the fires,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The
The American Red Cross is providing shelter, food and comfort during this time by supporting evacuation centers where people can find safe refuge from the fires, reconnect with loved ones, and obtain information. With the help of community partners, the Red Cross has thus far served more than 38,000 meals and snacks at 59 shelters, and provided more than 3,100 mental health and health services to support and care for those affected.
Since the fires began, the Red Cross, community and government partners have provided nearly 24,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters. More than 400 American Red Cross disaster workers are currently deployed, and additional volunteers and supplies are on their way.
“Our team will continue to supply beverages and other necessities to first responders, fire fighters and relief organizations. We know wildfire season isn’t over, so we are monitoring the situation on the ground and stand ready to assist,” said Bill O’Brien, president and general manager of
Coca-Cola employees have also come together to provide assistance and support through the