I've been watching the news about the wildfires in California closely. I don't have any personal friends or family in California, however, my heart is breaking for those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Knock on wood, I have never personally been affected by a fire, but in my years as a social worker, I have met many families who lost it all. While they were grateful to have escaped with their lives, the fear and uncertainty they had about their future was overwhelming. To have no clothing, a stable place to lay their head at night, family photos, pets...it is painful to even think about. Perhaps it is because we all know that it could easily happen to our families. Scary stuff.
My heart goes out to all of those affected by the wildfires. I am begging my readers to give back to those who are suffering through this most difficult situation. Please consider making a contribution or volunteering with the American Red Cross. For more ways to help, please check out this article in the Los Angeles Times.