Kern County Red Cross volunteers head to Thomas Fire


Four Kern County Red Cross volunteers packed their bags Tuesday and headed to Ventura.

Thousands have fled their homes as fast-moving wildfires continue to burn throughout Southern California, with many residents wondering what they will come back to.

"Giving them a little bit of comfort because they're in a stage of not knowing if their house has been lost or not," said volunteer Maxine St. Clair.

St. Clair and Frances Giamona are two of the Kern County Red Cross volunteers who have headed to the Thomas Fire.

In a moment's notice, they packed their bags and headed out.

They will provide food, shelter and comfort.

They put their own lives on hold to help others but say it's worth every second.

"Seeing smiles on their face, knowing that they're OK, that they did survive it," said St. Clair.

Giamona will be there for two weeks and St. Clair will be there as long as she's needed.

"I think it's important to serve, to help others, who are in need, whether emotionally, physically, financially, it doesn't matter," said Giamona.

While the fires continue to burn, these volunteers will continue to have a passion to help others.

Volunteers say the best thing to provide right now is donations. You can do that by visiting

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