On Thursday, November 8th we woke up to such devastating and shocking news: a mass shooting at Borderline, a Country-Western bar, occurred during College night, leaving 12 victims dead. Borderline — a place everyone in the 805 knows very well, a true landmark in our community.
We grew up having line-dancing birthday parties there, attended frequently throughout our adolescence, and eventually had our 10 year Thousand Oaks High School reunion there. It was a safe place to have fun. Words cannot express the horror we all felt, as well as the grief and loss experienced, when hearing of the 12 innocent lives that were taken, and the countless more that are forever impacted.
While trying to cope and grieve in the midst of the Borderline tragedy, our community was then alerted of two fires that sparked in our neighboring 805 cities: Santa Rosa Valley and Simi Valley. From there, the chaos and tragedy quickly escalated, as mandatory evacuations began Thursday November 8th, continuing through today, November 14th. The Hill Fire & Woolsey Fire have collectively burned an area larger than the city of Denver, burning numerous homes and structures and even taking two lives.
It has been a devastating week, to say the least, but through these tragedies, we also feel so thankful and fortunate for all the support pouring in — first responders, volunteers, and just normal everyday people, all coming together. It’s truly inspiring, and even comforting. Even in the midst of tragedy and chaos, we will rise together.
Below are some organizations that we wanted to share for those interested in finding ways to help (listed in no particular order). We want to say thank you again to all the first responders and support staff — we love and appreciate you all so much!
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Ventura County Community Foundation: https://vccf.org/
Ventura County Animal Services: http://www.vcas.us/
Humane Society Ventura County: https://www.hsvc.org/
Ventura County Fire Department Widows, Orphans & Assistance Fund: http://vcfdwoaf.org/
Cal Fire Foundation: http://www.cafirefoundation.org/
Help California: https://help-california.org/
Totally Local VC: http://www.totallylocalvc.com/
Little Angels Project: https://www.littleangelsproject.org/
Boys & Girls Club of Malibu: https://bgcmalibu.org/
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/
LA Fire Department Foundation:http://supportlafd.org/
LA United Way: https://www.unitedwayla.org/
LA County Animal Care Foundation: https://lacountyanimals.org/
via Humane Society Ventura County
via Matthew Simmons / Getty Images
Also, a HUGE thank you to these reliable sources for keeping our community updated and informed during tragedy and chaos:
Ventura County Emergency Information: https://www.vcemergency.com/
VC Scanner (which BTW is run by one young man!): http://vcscanner.net/
LA County: https://www.lacounty.gov/woolseyfire/
via Mike Blake / Reuters
If you know of any trusted charities or non-profits that we missed above, please do let us know in the comments below! And if you have any experience with the ones we listed, please share!
Hayley, Nicole & Tanisha
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