The smoky haze that has been looming over the Bay Area for the past few days is a constant reminder of the wildfires that are burning in Northern California's Wine country, destroying thousands of homes and displacing thousands of people. Entire neighborhoods have been decimated, leaving families with nothing but the belongings they escaped with.
With a situation so close to our San Mateo office, it's almost impossible not to know someone who has been affected by the devastation.
Pictured: A bird's-eye view of what remains of a neighborhood affected by the fire.Image via The Washington Post
Whether you live in the Bay Area or not, there are numerous ways you can help the victims of the fire:
Donate:Some items that are needed are: non-perishable food items, water, air filters and purifiers, phone chargers, batteries, packaged underwear, clothing, toiletries, socks, blankets, pillows, feminine products, baby supplies, pet supplies, tents, sleeping bags, can openers, adult and child diapers, hand sanitizer, deodorant, and much more.
These locations will be accepting and transporting donations:
- Sonoma County Animal Services - 1247 Century Ct. (off of Airport Blvd.) in Santa Rosa, CA 95403- Tutto Capelli Salon - 1220 Arroyo Ave San Carlos, 94070- Love on Haight - 1400 Haight St San Francisco, California 94117- The Napa County Food Pantries, Yuba County Food Pantries, and Sonoma County Food Pantries- Ryse Youth Center - RYSE Center 205 41st Street @ MacDonald, Richmond, CA 94805- Seaport Storage Center and Collection 55 Cellars- 1703 E. Bayshore Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 and call Justin Wethington at 650-218-6360.- Oakland 1-2-3-4 Go! Records - 420 40th Street #5, Oakland, CA 94609
Volunteer:- Contact Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center Shelter division at email@example.com or call 707-573-3399 to volunteer.- Volunteer at Elsie Allen High School Emergency Shelter- Volunteer with the Red Cross- Find more volunteer opportunities here
Offer your home to evacuees:-You can open up space in your home for displaced evacuees and relief workers through Airbnb's Open Homes Program. Airbnb Hosts can offer their homes for free to those in need of housing. - Contact SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org if you're willing to open up your home to evacuees.- Open up your home to foster dogs and cats that have been misplaced by contacting the Milo Foundation.- Add your name to this Google Doc to offer housing or transportation to victims.
Even if you don't live in the Bay Area, there are still ways that you can help. You can make online monetary donations to:- Sonoma County Animal Services - GoFundMe - Napa Valley Community Foundation- Sonoma County Resilience Fund- Red Cross- Peet's Coffee Shop will be accepting digital or cash donations at all of their locations through October 22nd.
Here at Dynadot, we donated water, toiletries, clothing, and other goods to support those in need. Any contribution, no matter the size, will make a big impact on those who need it.
Pictured: Dynadot's donation to the victims of the fire.
The effects of the fire have been devastating, but it's important to look at the huge amount of support that Californians and people across the country are giving to those in need. As Mr. Rogers once said,
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."
Written by Paige Omandam