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Tucson family stepping up for California wildfire victims

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TUCSON, Ariz. – A local family is gathering donations to personally deliver to those impacted by the northern California wildfire.

Norman Basurto's family members got the word that they were being evacuated on Sunday when the fires were first reported. Now more than 20,000 people in northern California have had to leave their homes.

“These people have nothing, they literally ran out of their homes,” said Basurto.

The Basurto family took the initiative to start gathering donations and now they're getting ready to hit the road to personally deliver the items to the evacuation centers spread out through Napa and Sonoma Counties.

“We have our extended family and friends here in Tucson, everyone is dropping stuff off so we can fill this trailer, I want to take it absolutely full,” said Basurto.

So far, 23 people have lost their lives in these fires and 3,500 structures have been destroyed. Basurto thinks it's times like these that the country needs to pull together.

“We need to step up,” said Basurto. “We need to start bridging those gaps because we have Americans that are suffering and it’s time to make that stop.”

The evacuees need everything from toiletries to bedding. If you would like to make a donation, the trailer will be parked at the American Eat Company at 1439 S. 4th Ave until 6pm Friday evening.

The Basurto’s have also set up a GoFund Me page that you can check out by clicking here. You can also reach Norman Basurto by phone if you'd like to help out in another way here: (520) 444-1719.

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