The Washington Times - November 17, 2008, 07:34PM

President-elect Barack Obama is urging supporters to donate to relief efforts for the California wildfires, activating his massive network for positive action.



I noted the Obama list’s size is large enough to mobilize in a story about his Web team right after the election, and that’s proving to be true today.


Per the Obama team:


Following President-elect Obama’s conversations with Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa regarding the fires that have ravaged Southern California, via the homepage and the blog the website is directing visitors to donate to relief organizations and to volunteer for relief efforts.


In a blog over at the campaign site, Obama blogger Christopher Hass tells supporters:

Over the past few days, wildfires in Southern California have destroyed nearly 900 homes and burned over 37,000 acres of land, forcing many more families to evacuate their communities.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the fires.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army are coordinating relief for the victims, and volunteers on the ground are being organized to help with long-term recovery efforts in the days and months to come. If you live in or near Southern California you can volunteer now, and no matter where you live you can help by donating to the relief efforts.
Throughout the campaign, we saw time and again that when ordinary people act together, they can make a huge difference.
Visit for more information on how you can help.

Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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