Naked Wines raises $500,000 for California wildfire relief

Naked Wines has raised more than half a million dollars to help local winemaker communities hit by the California wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, where thousands of families have lost their homes and workplaces.

The $500,000 will go to those who need it the most, according to Naked, and the company highlights those who work in the fields and cellars to make the wines.

$150,000 has already been deployed to organizations in Napa County and Sonoma County, including the Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Community Foundation Sonoma Valley and the Latino Community Foundations. These organisations provide emergency services including access to health and trauma care, medical professionals, a safe place to sleep, emergency aid for children and removing hazardous ash and debris in impacted neighbourhoods. They also provide recovery services, including economic and rental assistance, shelter and legal services.

Nick Devlin, president of Naked Wines USA, said: “Reaching the $500,000 milestone is an incredible achievement for the Angels. We are very proud of how our Angels across the world have come together to support those who need it the most.

“Many of the people who do the hard work in the cellars, vineyards and our local community have been left devastated by the fires, they are the unsung heroes of the California wine business and in many cases have lost their homes and jobs. The fires have hot them the hardest and we are doing what we can to get this incredible winemaking country back on its feet.

“We are overwhelmed with the donations so far and can’t thank our Angels enough for their generosity.”

The Napa Valley Community Foundation, president Terence Mulligan, said: “ proves that individual small contributions really add up to make an incredibly significant difference to those in need during these fires.

“We are tremendously grateful for the incredible generosity of the company and its customers.”