Donations for Ventura fire victims

Since Monday, the Thomas Fire has caused more than fifty thousand people to evacuate their home around Ventura County.

And one Ojai resident with close ties to Bakersfield is asking for his hometown's support.

As Michael Luevano said, "The fire was in the distance, miles away. We figured everything was okay, so we went to bed and when we woke up in the morning, we were like oh my gosh, it's right here in our face."

As the fire grew, Luevano faced a decision of having to leave the area as he tried to feed the displaced in his restaurant. 

Luevano said, "Electricity kept going out,, so that kept hampering our ability to feed people. And pretty soon, we're seeing the fire coming down the hill and into the town."

But as Luevano made the drive home, he reached out to Oscar Zubrian of Bakersfield.

Soon after, they set up a drive to collect food and other items at Our Lady of Guadalupe school tomorrow morning, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Both Zubrian and Luevano have a feeling the local community will show up big.

As Zubrian said, "Talking to Mike. What he was sharing with me, what's needed up there, immediately I thought you know what? We can do something. We can come together. Bakersfield always comes together and helps those in need."

Residents dropping items off can do so behind the school, on the 500 block of East 11th Street.

And residents are encouraged to bring items such as water, breathing masks, food, blankets, and items for pets.

There is also a Facebook page set up to find more information or get in contact with organizers.


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