Thanks to Dan O’Brien, PTC President, for leading the charge of putting together information and informing us how we can respond as a school community to those in need - our friends, family, and neighbors who have been affected by the Hill and Woolsey fires. Relief in the forms of food, water, money, personal necessities, clothing, and shelter to victims and first responders (firefighters, law enforcement) is key during this time. Charitable organizations offer a structure for us to respond in the most productive and effective way. We hope the SMCES community will reach out in Christian charity to help. Also, please continue to keep all of those affected by the fires in your daily prayers. SMCES offers the following information on organizations as a resource, not as an endorsement, so please do your own research and choose an organization you can support:
Ventura County Community Foundation https://vccf.org/donate/hill-fire-and-woolsey-fire-sudden-and-urgent-needs-effort/
Salvation Army https://www.classy.org/give/211325/#!/donation/checkout
American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/about-us/our-work/wildfires-response.html
California Community Foundation https://www.calfund.org/wildfire-relief-fund/
Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation http://supportlafd.org
Note: The Los Angeles Fire Department has posted on their facebook page that gifts in kind are more of a hindrance than a help at the moment: “There are rumors that Los Angeles Firefighters are in need of donated food or supplies, such as blankets, wipes, water, energy beverages, snack bars, toothpaste or eyedrops during current wildfires. Nothing could be further from the truth.” You can visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesFireDepartment/
Additionally, Airbnb has launched a program that asks people to open their homes to those affected by the fires. Until Nov. 29, the company is allowing residents to mark their homes as a place for evacuees and aid workers to stay for free.
If any SMCES families have been directly impacted by the fires, please notify us. We assure you of confidentiality in our efforts to assist you.
As Saint Francis de Sales said, “There is nothing small in the service of the Lord.”
Thank you SMCES community for all you do!
Peace and Blessings,
Neil Quinly, Principal Liz Nuzzolese, Vice Principal Dan O’Brien, PTC President