No, God didn't MAKE this happen. God loves us and grieves with us in our pain when bad things happen, but He doesn't cause them. Bad things happen due to evil forces which are at work in the world due to man's original sin in the garden of Eden. You may know this evil force as "the Devil" or "Satan". He is the evil force, not God.
Donate time and money to these people, yes, but they could also use earnest prayers for comfort and strength. Money can't buy that.
Wishful thinking? I think everyone who has ever owned a home, it has started with wishful thinking. The world would be a pretty empty place without it.
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