As our neighbors to our south struggle to piece their lives back together, they could use some help.
A local group of women are setting out make sure the children impacted by these natural disasters start to smile again.
It’s called “The Bunny Love Project.”
“Anytime I can do anything to help out kids, I do,” said Sharon Hill, a volunteer with The Bunny Love Project.
Sharon Hill is busy sewing bags for children displaced by the Thomas Fire and ensuing mudslides.
The Thomas Fire is the largest wildfire on record in California.
Thousands of people were forced to flee as more than a thousand buildings, many of them homes, were destroyed.
It burned away vegetation on the Santa Barbara hillsides, which less than a month later eroded as heavy rains poured down.
The mudslides have killed at least 20 people with at least four people still missing.
“The whole landscape has been destroyed because of the fires and the floods and our friends and families are there. They’re hurting, they need help, they need support and this is one small way we can provide that,” said Janice Anderson, owner of Anderson Acres.
Anderson Acres, a pet care facility, started The Bunny Love Project to help children impacted by the natural disasters.
“We’ve got children that their whole world has been rocked,” Anderson said.
The group is providing comfort one blanket and one toy at a time.
“I believe kids are our future and if we show compassion then they learn compassion. We show love, they learn love,” Hill said.
If you’d like to help, The Bunny Love Project is in need of coloring books, reading books, crayons and much more.
Donations can be dropped off at Anderson Acres, 5801 South Fairfax Road or at Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beal Road.
Call (661) 619-0197 or go to countrycousinssp.com for more information.