Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people affected by the devastating wildfires ravaging California.
As of this week, the death toll was confirmed at over 60, whilst thousands have been left without homes, vehicles, businesses and livelihoods as the flames continue to claim all in their path.
And yet, in the midst of the destruction, there are stories of hope emerging.
Sandra Bullock is the latest celebrity to have gotten involved, and her contribution is one that will not soon be forgotten …
According to People, Bullock donated a total of $500,000 to the relief efforts concentrated on tackling the fires. This included $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura Country – to help animals – and further $400,000 to the American Red Cross.
At a time when people need to stick together more than ever, the actress gave a statement to the Red Cross about the need for her to get involved.
“The untold destruction from these fires is heartbreaking, especially following the tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks,” she said. “I’m glad to be able to help. We’re all family in this, whether it be human, furry or feathered.”
As of today, the number of people missing in wake of the fires has soared to over 600. Hundreds have been left without homes, forced to live in temporary tent cites with no idea how and when they’ll be able to return to their old neighborhoods.
The two main fires, Camp Fire in the north and Woolsey Fire in the south, have burned a combined area of more than 200,000 acres, whilst contributing to a combined death toll of a reported 66.
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Sandra Bullock, our hats go off to you. Thank you for your incredible gesture!
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