There is nothing more disheartening than watching as thousands of people are affected by a tragedy they did not start and, unfortunately, they cannot stop.

If you pay attention to what is going on in the world, you have heard of the wildfires that have been burning through California, leaving thousands of individuals without a home or any of their personal belongings. It is predicted that before the fires burn out, they will devastate over 100,000 homes.

Aside from losing the roof over their heads, these people have also lost the basic necessities that we don’t even think about that are so important to our daily life – food, clothing, a bed, toiletries, etc.

Many people want to do something to support the victims affected by these wildfires, but some aren’t certain as to where they can begin to make a difference. It’s not only overwhelming to research options, but there’s always the possibility you could end up donating your money to a scam organization that will steal your money.

These are several of the most trusted charities and organizations that are asking for donations so that they can assist these people in whatever way they need. If you feel compelled to give back, consider one of these options first:

GoFundMe

Every time a tragedy strikes, individuals on GoFundMe are one of the first people to begin collecting donations. You can find an entire list of pages to donate to here. You can learn more about the organization and how your money will be used to make a difference.

Red Cross

This renowned organization is a leader in philanthropy. They are working to provide a place where victims can go and receive shelter. They are asking for donations to help fund this effort.

Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund

This organization provides victims with shelter, transportation, food, childcare, and even legal services. It was first founded in 2014 after and earthquake that hit the area, but is now being used to serve those suffering as a result of the recent wildfires. You can donate here.

Sonoma County Animal Services

People are not the only ones affected by these tragedies – animals are also in need of assistance. This group is providing veterinary care for free to any animal hurt by the fire. Visit their Facebook page to learn more and find out how you can support their efforts.