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Help Families Get through the Mendocino Complex and Carr Fires with Emergency Cash Assistance

Press Release     |    August 22, 2018 by Tzu Chi USA


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San Jose, Calif., Aug. 26, 2018 – Tzu Chi USA has so far provided $226,100 in financial relief and emotional comfort from August 2 - August 26 to 394 families affected by the Mendocino Complex Fire (now engulfing more than half the size of Rhode Island) and the now contained Carr Fire.  To continue, we need your help.

 

Days of Distribution

25

Families Helped:

394

Individuals: 

1126

Total Aid:

$226,100

Volunteers:

133

 

Financial assistance application is now closed.

 

Tzu Chi volunteers, some coming from as far as five hours away, began distributing cash cards to affected families in Redding for necessities like food, clothing, housing, medicines, and more.  Residents also shared their trauma, with Tzu Chi volunteers giving them a shoulder to lean on.

Gini Durand’s home burned in the Mendocino Complex Fire.  After receiving a cash card and blanket from Tzu Chi volunteers, she shared,

“since I had a total loss of everything, I now own a blanket from your organization… and it’s beautiful, I can’t wait to snuggle up in it.”

A Carr Fire aid recipient in Redding cried reading a letter from the founder of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Dharma Master Cheng Yen.  Tzu Chi volunteer Meiling Kuo held her hand and said “never give up... okay? Keep the hope!” Even a small act of kindness can give hope.

We’ve worked alongside FEMA, the American Red Cross, and United Way, and as we offer wildfire relief in Mendocino, we urge affected families to register for emergency financial aid online, and for others to share this form, so we may reach as many families as we can. Applicants will then be contacted accordingly.

To this end, Tzu Chi USA’s ongoing disaster relief needs your support.  Practice compassion in action and make a donation or text TZUCHI to 91999.  See our work in action and learn how your donation can give hope here.

HOW TO HELP  

Sign up as a volunteer or donate via:

 

Call 408-457-6969/ 415-682-0566/ 510-879-0971 for further information.


 

About Tzu Chi USA

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a global humanitarian NGO whose missions in charity, medicine, education, and disaster relief has reached over 95 countries since 1966.  In 2017, Tzu Chi USA distributed over $9 million in assistance, benefiting those impacted by 68 US disasters. Learn more at www.tzuchi.us.

Media Contact: Sherry Shih, 408-666-0624, northwest_admin@tzuchi.us


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