How to Effectively Help Those Affected by Wildfires

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A volunteer from Boulder Creek takes a break from setting up cots at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds evacuation site in Santa Cruz, California on August 20, 2020. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

As wildfires rage across the Bay Area, many of those who can help are offering their support through donations. But relief organizations like American Red Cross say they don't want physical items like used clothes or canned goods because they take extensive resources to examine and sort. Instead, many organizations prefer monetary donations. We talk to KQED reporter Lakshmi Sarah and Jennifer Adrio, CEO of American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region, about how to best help those affected by wildfires.

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Jennifer Adrio, CEO, American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region

Lakshmi Sarah, reporter, KQED