This morning, we reported on a two-alarm fire in a residential building on the corner of Third and Oakdale in Bayview. The fire broke out around 5:45am, displacing a family of six.
As the family prepares to check into a hotel, local organization Aboriginal Blackman United (4744 Third St.) has stepped up to offer their space as a center for relief efforts.
Alex Prince, who's been active in the organization for 15 years, is asking locals to donate anything they can, including monetary donations, gift cards, clothing, household items, and bedding. He's also looking for information on potential housing opportunities for the family.
"I'm not always at the building, but there are other members at the location," he said. "If people want to talk to me directly, I will stop everything I'm doing and meet up with them. It's a shame what happened, and I want to help this family the best way I can."
Tomorrow, Aboriginal Blackman United is also hosting a youth coat giveaway from 10am-5pm at the Double Rock Baptist Church (1595 Shafter Ave.) Any child from kindergarten up to eighth grade can grab a free coat at the event, which will also feature a jumper, free food and a mechanical bull ride.
If you're interested in helping the victims of the fire, stop by Aboriginal Blackman United's space at Third and Oakdale, or call Prince directly at (415) 368-2688.
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