Local volunteer rushes to California to aid in wildfire relief efforts

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — As wildfires in California take hold of entire neighborhoods, locals in western New York are rushing to help. One Lockport resident is taking her aid to the next level.

Officials with the American Red Cross of western New York say Diane Sargent — a Lockport resident — is heading west to aid more than 1,130 people who are displaced due to raging wildfires.

The flames have engulfed acres of land, ravaging them and destroying buildings. Sargent will work with other Red Cross volunteers to assess the damages and determine what relief efforts will support those who have been displaced best.

Currently, Red Cross workers are providing items to aid in personal hygiene, but also are providing health services and simply providing meals.

Mandatory evacuations related to only one of 84 total fires burning in the west have thus far displaced about 20,000 residents as wildfires consumed more than 50,000 acres of land.

Anybody who wants to support Sargent and the Red Cross as they attempt to aid displaced Californians can donate by visiting the Red Cross website, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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