Collecting: stuffed animals, toys, and monetary donations
On November 8, 2018, a string of fires broke out throughout the state of California. The Camp Fire spread through Northern California and was declared the deadliest wildfire in Californian history. Meanwhile, Woolsey Fire popped out in southern California destroying 100,000 acres and hundreds of buildings. As firefighters risked (and still risk) their lives trying to contain the inferno, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced away from their homes.
Our youth team leaders, Daniel Hu (7th grader) and Grace Hu (3rd grader), and their family are among those who were forced to evacuate during the fire.
Led by We Care Act youth leaders, Alexander Miao (10th grader) and Amy Miao (6th grader) in Pearland (Texas), and in partnership with Daniel and Grace in Oak Park (California), We Care Act is working to provide support and resources to young victims impacted by the disaster.
"Though we may not be able to help fight the fire physically, we can bring little rays of sunshine into people’s lives, especially for children, by showing them that we care! " -- Alexander Miao
As a non-profit, youth-based organization focusing on disaster relief, We Care Act is collecting donations of stuffed animals and other toys as relief for the kids being affected by these fires.
Monetary donations are also accepted through our website for shipping the stuffed animal and for helping the victims directly.
Daniel, Grace and their family's wildfire experience:
On Thursday night (Nov. 8, 2018), neighbors knocked on their door and told them that they had to evacuate. So Daniel, Grace and their parents and grandparents quickly packed some personal identity documents and left their house. Since highway 101 was shut down, they had to drive on mountain roads for almost an hour to arrive at a city apartment complex to settle down.
In a rush to get out, they did not bring much stuff not even clothes. When their dad attempted to return home to retrieve, he only found that the routes leading to their home were completely blocked, by rescue teams or by sprayed fires on the road. Both sides of the roads were small hills all covered with massive fires and gusty wind broke trees everywhere and spread the fires so fast. So their dad had to retreat from the fire zone and drove back to their apartment.
Donating funds to help firefighter & family:
Though their house and belongings were not destroyed, fortunately, but other families in the Oak Park community were not so luck. In a close neighborhood, six houses were completely destroyed including the one of Mike Williams. Mike is a firefighter who protected their house. But he lost his house while he was fighting against the fire for other people. His wife, Lisa, was devastated. Daniel’s parents and many other Chinese Americans in Oak Park got together and donated more than 3000$ to help Mike and Lisa and their family.
Organizing relief effort for firefighters in the fire station:
When they finally returned home safely, Daniel and Grace and their family and friends organized relief effort for the firefighters in the fire station 36 of Oak Park. They brought many cases of water, soft drinks, fruits and snacks to the fire station. At that time, these were most needed by the brave firefighters, and many of them had fight against the fire for 36 hours. On Saturday night, a number of firefighters were resting on the lawn of their community park, families and friends got together and baked pizzas for the firefighters.