The day after Thanksgiving everyone goes into a frenzy to score deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These retail holidays place a huge amount of emphasis on the urgency of need. But what does real need look like? Take a look around our community at those who have been displaced by the Camp Fire.
This year, try to hang on to the grateful spirit of Thanksgiving a little longer. What were you thankful for on Thursday? Probably family, friends, and quality of life. It's unlikely that what you were most thankful for was a thing, like a TV or an Xbox. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Giving Tuesday, and turns the focus away from what you can GET, and instead focuses on what you can GIVE. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. This global movement aims to transform how people think about, and participate in the giving season.
There is an Urgent Need in Our Community
Every year we talk about the spirit of the holidays and helping others, however the holidays in Butte County are going to be different this year. Due to the devastation caused by the Camp Fire, some 50,000 people may not be able to be home for the holidays and over 10,000 of those have lost their homes altogether. The needs of our community have never been so great and so visibly urgent.
Right now we are dealing with thousands of people with no place to call home and running out of options for many of them. As winter turns bitter cold, the idea of putting people up in tent style shelters seems less and less humane. They need better housing options, they need warm meals, we need to dig deep and put our money behind our ideals. What can you skip buying this holiday season to put that money towards making a meaningful difference in someone's life? There will always be things we WANT, but there will rarely be such a great opportunity to help our friends and neighbors fulfill their basic NEEDS. For people who have lost everything, anything really does help.
Give on Facebook for a DOUBLE BONUS!
PayPal and Facebook have teamed up to make your donations on Giving Tuesday have double the impact. When you make a donation on Facebook to any Giving Tuesday fundraiser, they will match your donation. Facebook will start matching donations on Tuesday, Nov. 27th starting at 5:00 am PT. The matching offer will expire when $7 million in donations is reached or at 11:59pm PT on November 27. So mark your calendars! If you have been considering giving this season and want to double the impact of your donation, then go to our Facebook page on Tuesday and give whatever you can. Even small donations make a difference, don't be discouraged if you can only give a little. A simple donation of $20 will magically turn into $40 when you donate through Facebook on Giving Tuesday. Please also share the fundraising campaign with others who might be interested in having their generous donations matched and doubled. This is a great opportunity for a grass-roots movement on social media that could make a real impact in our community as we struggle to support Camp Fire victims and their needs for food and housing.
Other Options to Show Your Support
Don't have a Facebook page? No problem, we still have lot's of ways you can help. We have a disaster relief fund set up at Golden Valley Bank or you can make a simple online donation through PayPal. Here are some more details...
Community Action Agency of Butte’s DISASTER RELIEF Fund:
The need created by the Camp Fire is huge. The CAA has obtained $150,000 in grant funding to begin the effort to help families in need. While $150,000 may seem sizable, with motel rooms averaging $120/night (all taxes included) these funds will ONLY cover 1 week of shelter for a mere 178 families. With over 6,000 families now homeless, this in no way compares to the need. Your donation to the Community Action Agency of Butte’s Disaster Relief Fund will be MATCHED by these funds to increase the value and to make sure that families continue to receive assistance. Your donation will help provide stability and hope to these families.
- Deposit your cash or check directly at Golden Valley Bank (190 Cohasset Road, Chico). Please advise the teller that you want to make a donation deposit to the “Community Action Agency of Butte’s Disaster Relief Fund".
Donate By Mail
- Please send a check to Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc., P.O. Box 6369, Chico CA 95927
Donate Online Via PayPal Giving
- By using PayPal Giving, your full donation goes directly to the CAA Fund of your choice. PayPal waives all processing fees so the community gets the full benefit of your tax deductible donation. Click on the fund of your choice below: