Members of the Grizzly Firefighters work against the Carmel
Fire near Carmel Valley, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
Wildfires across Northern California and parts of Southern California have burned more than 1.1 million acres of land as of Monday morning, with more than 10 million people under red-flag warnings in areas as far reaching as Nevada and Oregon. More than 13,000 courageous firefighters are battling the flames, many of whom are working 24-hour shifts due to a shortage of front-line workers in the wake of COVID-19. With 12,000 structures having been destroyed, tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate, while also keeping in mind pandemic precautions and safety measures when relocating these displaced families.
These historic wildfires truly hit home for PayPal, with our headquarters based in San Jose and thousands of our employees living throughout the Bay Area. We are actively working to ensure the safety and security of our employees and their families during this time, with additional precautions in place in light of the ongoing pandemic response. We know that the full devastation of the wildfires will only be known in the weeks and months to come, and we’re here to support our employees, customers, partners and our communities as we navigate this unprecedented time of uncertainty.
Together with PayPal Giving Fund, we have launched a wildfire disaster relief campaign to support organizations working in California to support critical relief efforts. PayPal is covering all processing costs, ensuring that 100% of your donation will support charities providing relief and recovery efforts. Through the PayPal Gives program, PayPal will also match donations made by PayPal employees, according to the terms of the program.
Your continued generosity has helped make a significant and meaningful impact for our global communities this year – from donations in support of the global pandemic response efforts to organizations advancing racial and social justice causes – to global and national natural disasters, including the wildfires in California last year.
We’re extremely grateful to anyone who is able to help provide disaster relief to those in urgent need.