California wildfires have destroyed a summer camp used by a Minnesota non-profit that offers programs for young people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Patrick Kindler, executive director of One Heartland, said everyone was evacuated before the fire came through but, “We’re devastated this happened, and there’s still a lot of people that are still in danger, and the winds have picked up again, and so we’re sending out our hearts and prayers for the people that are still in danger.”
Kindler said while the facility that hosted Camp Hollywood HEART is insured and is promised to be rebuilt the loss is still devastating to hundreds of youth and staff who have attended since 1994.
He added, “We are resilient, and so is everyone out in California, and we’re ready to continue and to make sure that our programs are still available for our young people this year.”
Meanwhile, six Minnesota volunteers from the American Red Cross have been deployed to California to assist with evacuations as deadly wildfires continue to burn in the northern and southern parts of the state. Red Cross spokeswoman Carrie Carlson-Guest said the volunteers are, “Supporting people that are in our evacuation centers and shelters to providing individual assistance to people, meeting one-on-one to help them with their needs.”
Carlson-Guest said more will be deployed in the coming days.
For those who would like to donate to help people impacted by the wildfires, she said, “They can text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation and every bit helps.” Donors can also visit redcross.org or call 800-RED CROSS.