Santa Clarita Valley Signal reports that Santa Clarita Valley residents whose homes sustained damage in last month’s Sand fire were able to ask questions and obtain help at a Local Assistance Center set up Friday at William S. Hart Park Hart Hall.
More than 20 government and nonprofit agencies had booths at the center, which will also be open today and Monday. Helen Chavez, assistant director of the county Office of Emergency Management, said more than 70 people had visited the center in the first three hours Friday.
A couple who wished to remain anonymous were forced to evacuate when the fire came too close to their home in Acton. A firefighter later told them the flames brushed up against their home before the wind pushed the fire the opposite direction.
They said they could not go home for five days, and when they returned their refrigerator was not working. Islamic Relief USA gave them enough money in gift cards Friday to buy a new refrigerator.
Hani Hamwi, disaster response manager for Islamic Relief USA, said the organization gives cash cards to anyone who suffered damage in the fire.
“Our donors are primarily Muslim, and they see the importance of helping their neighbors,” Hamwi said.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, which is based in Taiwan but has an office in San Dimas, also offered assistance.
“All of us have a passion for and care about other people,” said volunteer Susan Liu.
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