Community Donation Efforts Begin to Help Montecito Mudslide Victims

Days after post-fire mudslides killed 19 people in Montecito, organizations have begun to raise money to help those most affected by the disaster.

Firefighters clear away debris along Hot Springs Road in Montecito on Jan. 13, 2018. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters clear away debris along Hot Springs Road in Montecito on Jan. 13, 2018. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Real estate tycoon Rick Caruso, who is building a beach-side hotel in the area, has partnered with the American Red Cross, donating $250,000.

Caruso and the disaster relief group aim to raise $1 million in coming weeks to address the most urgent needs and to help with long-term rebuilding efforts.

“This is the time to invest in the resilience of this community,” said Jim McGee, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Central California region. “We would love it if other leaders would step up and contribute.”

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