Volunteer work: Humane Society of Ventura County
On December 4th, California had no idea that one of the largest fires in state history was only building and had no intentions of stopping anytime soon. The Thomas fire broke out at 6:28 pm and contained over 281,893 acres from Santa Barbara, Ojai, and even areas of Los Angeles. I followed The Humane Society of Ventura County's Facebook and read that they were in need of supplies and asking for volunteers, so I jumped to action. I called them immediately asking for what it was that they were in need of and as you can guess, that list was pretty massive. It was the last 2 hours at work and I decided to send a mass email to my team and posted on my social media asking for others to help me raise money to get the requested items. In 48 hours I raised $1,000 to buy supplies for animals ranging from cats and dogs, to goats, horses, pigs, hamsters etc. That Saturday morning I drove to Ojai with a car FULL of supplies for all the animals. As you can imagine, that drive was a surreal one. As I was getting closer to the fire, the ash got thicker which then made it difficult to breathe, even in my car. I started to get nervous about my decision since I was walking right into the heart of the fire but kept pushing that in the back of my mind. Once I arrived, I was so overwhelmed with all of the other volunteers that were already there storing hundreds and hundreds of supplies others have donated. Watching them take action, with ash covering their shirts and hair, I knew I wouldn't go back home the same. I watched as so many people from all over California came together for one reason, to help these innocent animals.