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What aid groups need most is open wallets

Charities say the best donation for Southern California fire victims is money.

Disaster response organizations are unable to accept or collect individual donations such as clothes, shoes or toys during major emergencies, Red Cross officials said Wednesday.

Agencies such as St. Vincent De Paul, Goodwill or The Salvation Army are better equipped to get quality used goods to people in need, they said.

Here are some of the agencies collecting donations for fire victims, their phone numbers and Web sites:

The American Red Cross Stanislaus Chapter, 1230 Sixth St., Modesto 95354; or www.arcscc.org

Save Mart Supermarkets is accepting donations to the American Red Cross at Save Mart, Lucky, S-Mart Foods, and Food Maxx stores in Northern California.

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, 800-435-7669 or 800-257-7575 for Spanish speakers, www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html

San Diego Food Bank, 866-350-3663, www.sandiegofoodbank.org

Goodwill Southern California, 888-446-6394, www.goodwillsocal.org

The Salvation Army Southern California, 213-896-9160, www.salvationarmysocal.org

Governor's Office of Emergency Services, 800-750-2858, www.californiavolunteers.org

Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 888-772-25211, www.spcala.com

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