Here's How You Can Help Montecito Victims

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(Photo: Ryan Cullom, American Red Cross)

Source: County of Santa Barbara

Firefighters greatly appreciate that the community wants to make donations of food, clothing, and money, but they want the community to know that they are adequately taken care of and ask that you donate to disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, Foodbank of Santa Babara County, etc. United Way of Santa Barbara County is also a lead agency for the region accepting cash donations. Do not bring donations to the Incident Command Post.

If you are wanting to financially support the incident, please be advised that individuals often take advantage of the situation by setting up false GoFundMe websites and other types of fundraising accounts that are not legitimate. If you are interested in donating to help in an incident, call and verify that the beneficiary is authentic.

Here are verified ways the community can donate and support efforts throughout the community:

United Way of Santa Barbara County has joined forces to directly support those individuals and families affected by the January Storm through the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. Nonperishable food, new clothing, toiletries and monetary donations are being accepted at the agencies listed below. Used clothing, bedding and toys are not being accepted. 

United Way of Santa Barbara County 

Monetary donations are accepted at:

 

American Red Cross

Monetary donations are accepted at:

 

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Monetary Donations, nonperishable foods, and fresh produce are accepted at:

  • 4554 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • 1525 State St., Ste 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • 490 W. Foster Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455

 

Salvation Army

Unopened and canned food and monetary donations are accepted at:

  • 423 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

Unity Shoppe

New clothing, shoes, blankets, toiletries and monetary donations are accepted at:

  • 1401 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

Direct Relief International

https://www.directrelief.org/ways-to-give/

 

Habitat for Humanity

Accepting volunteers and monetary donations: www.sbhabitat.org or call (805) 692-2226.

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RHS Jan 15, 2018 01:11 PM
Here's How You Can Help Montecito Victims

Thanks for this reminder of the ease with which folks can be duped. I would add, if you feel you want to help please consider needs that are not driven just by this emergency--homeless housing, medical care for the poor, public school student supplies, etc. Foodbank is an excellent provider in these arenas but there are others. Harsh to say this out loud but: The people in Montecito are not likely to be in as desparate straits as are poor people just trying to get through a cold winter night.

Tsainfo Jan 15, 2018 11:26 AM
Here's How You Can Help Montecito Victims

Please correct The Salvation Army info. Non perishable food items and toiletries accepted at 4849 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 and monetary donations to be made PO BOX 6190, Santa Barbara CA 93160. The Chapala address won't accept either of these donations.

a-1544544149 Jan 14, 2018 07:16 PM
Here's How You Can Help Montecito Victims

I want to give a shout-out to Margaret Houston, owner of Jane Restaurant, and former owner of Montecito Inn Cafe. Margaret has one Jane Restaurant on State St. near the Arlington, and she has another at the Marketplace in Goleta. She is evacuated from her home. Please support her restaurant(s). If you want to order, and just pick up the food to eat at your hotel or elsewhere, here are the phone number 962-1311 at 1311 State, and 770-5388 at the Marketplace. Please support ALL local businesses, including clothing, toys, books, etc. As Das Williams said, “Stop ordering from Amazon, and start shopping locally." Save Santa Barbara!

BeachGuy Jan 14, 2018 09:52 AM
Here's How You Can Help Montecito Victims

Although the best known fund raising site, GoFundMe usually takes over double the fee compared with sites such as YouCaring. Check the fees as GoFundMe has at least temporarily dropped their 5% administrative fee for some campaigns.

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