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Pacific Premier Bank Pledges $35,000 In Support Of Thomas Fire Victims

December 22, 2017

LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN NEED.

Food. Shelter. Clothing. These are all things we often take for granted. And even during tough times, they can usually be sought out without having to worry about loss of life. But the massive and relentless Thomas Fire has made life in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties anything but typical since it broke out in Santa Paula on Monday, December 4.

Determined to make a difference for low-to-moderate-income families during one of California’s largest wildfires on record, Pacific Premier Bank has pledged a series of support donations to three heroic community non-profit organizations – $15,000 to Foodbank of Santa Barbara and $10,000 to both United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County and Unity Shoppe.

Life is tough when you’re a parent or child struggling to get by on a small income. When wind-whipped wildfires force you to evacuate your home and shut down your employers and schools – along with their free or low-cost lunches – things suddenly become even harder. This is the new reality for thousands of Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents – including an estimated 20,492 missed student meals each day the fire burns.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara has been working tirelessly since the Thomas Fire outbreak to serve these at-need families and children, distributing food to a Red Cross shelter and a handful of other emergency sites. You can help donate to this effort online right now. Each $1 donation supplies eight meals.

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County has always provided a home away from home for at-risk youth. During this challenging time, the Clubs are needed even more than usual, as thousands have been forced to evacuate under orders. You can pledge your own support by donate to this effort online at any time.

Unity Shoppe has also stepped up its efforts throughout the disaster, accepting new toys, food, and funds to purchase needed items for displaced families and children. Blankets, sleeping bags, bedding, towels, coats, cookware, shoes, furniture and more are all badly needed during this time of crisis in the community. These items can be purchased in bulk at heavily reduced prices by the Unity Shoppe. You can help fund The Thomas Fire Unity Drive online with your own donation.

All of us in the Pacific Premier Bank family, across the Central Coast and beyond, are honored to help at-need families during this harrowing time in our valued communities. Please remember that full containment of the Thomas Fire is not expected until January 7, 2018, and many evacuated area residents won’t know the full extent of their losses until they’re cleared to return home. Every bit of generosity during this Holiday season helps.

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