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King Fire Update: The King fire which started on September 13th in El Dorado County near Pollock Pines, CA, has grown to more than 18,000 acres and is nearing Placer County on National Forest lands. More »

Red Cross and Salvation Army Donation Information

Many have asked how they can help those who suffered a loss from the 49 Fire. Placer County offers these suggestions:

Provide donations to the local Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s biggest needs are for cash and gift-card donations. Checks should be made out to the Salvation Army and should be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 4088, Auburn, CA 95604. Donors may specify that gifts serve families affected by the 49 Fire. The office is at 286 Sutter St. Phone contact is 530-889-3990. The Salvation Army is helping many households who lost homes in the 49 Fire, particularly renters who did not have renter’s insurance. The biggest need is to help them with their housing. Typically, The Salvation Army provides the first month’s rent and money for deposits. The Salvation Army also is helping provide food, personal-hygiene products, clothing and furniture. Fire survivors receive vouchers for free clothing and household items at The Salvation Army thrift store at 510 High St.  Cleaning supplies and personal-hygiene kits can be donated to The Salvation Army at 286 Sutter St. in Auburn. The thrift store receives clothing and furniture donations. Donations will help replenish the store’s supply of clothing and furniture, but it currently is overflowing with both. The Salvation Army always accepts non-perishable food donations, but that is not one of the most pressing needs for fire survivors.


Provide monetary donations to the local American Red Cross through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. The local Red Cross address is 457 Grass Valley Hwy., Auburn, CA 95603. Telephone contact is 530-885-9392. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the 49 Fire, by giving to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Red Cross Family Service caseworkers are providing financial assistance and referrals to help meet unmet emergency needs of the affected families. Red Cross volunteer caseworkers are meeting with affected families on a one-to-one basis to provide counseling, financial assistance and resources such as housing, food, clothing, health items and other necessities as well as providing information on other community and emergency agencies. Unfortunately, the American Red Cross is not set up to handle public donations of clothing. It is very difficult to sort collections on a disaster site and requires considerable time, personnel and effort. There are other agencies, however, that are set up to handle, sort and distribute this type of donation.
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