SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The warehouse of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County was packed with people Saturday morning as volunteers flocked to lend a hand to those affected by Tuesday's deadly storm in Montecito.
Dozens of volunteers helped sort food in the food bank's warehouse and more harvested mandarin oranges from a local orchard. The orchard is part of the Backyard Bounty program in which the food bank can harvest food from private gardens, orchards and residences and distribute it locally.
6000 pounds of oranges were harvested from the orchard on Saturday; the orchard produces about 60,000 pounds of mandarin oranges every year.
A total of about 180 volunteers donated about 450 hours of volunteer time on Saturday alone.
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County representatives say 600 hours of volunteer time has been donated for Thomas Fire relief.
People can volunteer their time by visiting the food bank's website. A monetary donation can be made by visiting the Thomas Fire Flood and Relief fund. Every dollar donated turns into eight meals for those in need.