In recent months, the rest of the country has watched in horror as Southern California has been rocked by fires. Many people and animals have been displaced, hundreds of thousands of acres have burned, and billions of dollars’ worth of property has been lost. Families here in San Diego County have suffered devastating damage from the Lilac Fire.

The cause of the Lilac Fire is unknown, but from the time it was reported on December 7 to its containment on December 16, it burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed 157 structures. The fire forced the evacuation of an estimated 10,000 people, many of them seniors. It’s going to take a long time for people to recover from the loss of their homes and community — but you can help.

Choose to donate to organizations with boots on the ground. Those that help get communities back to normal after a tragedy include:

You can also look for places that need volunteers or goods. Pets and horses have been displaced along with their owners, so the Humane Society is a likely place to ask about volunteer opportunities. You can also check out HandsOn San Diego or contact the Community Emergency Response Team, which trains volunteers. Any time an emergency occurs, 211 needs phone staffers, so that’s a good place to connect as well.

Greenwood has been serving families in San Diego since 1907, and we feel for those affected by the fires. Our staff members, like you, are involved in our community because we care about the families we serve and the people who are our neighbors. Stop by any time to meet us, take a tour of our beautiful grounds and learn all about our history and what we have to offer. You can also call (619) 241-4312 to find out more.