Life as we know it can change in a blink of an eye.
We have all heard this, yet the residents of Santa Paula, Ventura and Ojai had no idea it could happen to such a magnitude and forever change our lives.
Whether we lost something valuable to us or we are touched by others who have lost their homes, we are all feeling a sense of gratitude and thankfulness to our firefighters and first responders for saving our town of Ojai. We want to extend ourselves to be of assistance to those who are in need and for many of us, we do not have adequate information for the best resources.
In this extraordinary time, the Ojai Women’s Fund is reaching out to its members to share information that we feel is helpful to you.
Here are ways you can help:
1. Join the Ojai Community Thomas Fire Network on Facebook to get connected with the latest news being shared and ways residents are helping one another.
2. Make a donation to Ojai residents affected directly by the fire by visiting helpofojai.org.
3. Visit ojairelief.com, a grassroots effort helping Ojai residents find resources and ways to help those in need.
4. Visit the Ojai Valley Community Hospital and pick up free masks to protect yourself and others from the smoke.
5. Shop and Eat Locally! Support our local businesses during this critical time.
6. Attend the following events to support Ojai residents affected by the fire:
- Friday Dec. 15, 10-11am: Purchase Ojai Strong Merchandise at Ojai Baby (203 N. Signal St). Proceeds to benefit Help of Ojai.
- Saturday Dec. 16, 10am-2pm: OUSD PTO's A United Gift Drive at Nordhoff High School (1401 Maricopa Hwy). Click here for more information
- Saturday Dec. 16, 2:30pm: Upper Ojai Relief Potluck at Stagecoach Station General Store (12679 Ojai Santa Paula Rd). Click here for more information
- Saturday Dec. 16, 12-7pm: Help of Ojai Fundraiser at Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room (109 S. Montgomery St). Click here for more information
- Saturday, Dec. 16, 12-5pm: Help of Ojai Fundraiser at The Nest (401 E. Ojai Ave)
- Saturday, Dec. 23. 4-7pm: Night at the Bookstore Fundraiser for Thomas Fire Victims at Bart's Books (302 W. Matilija St). Click here for more information.