Wildfires in multiple North Bay counties have devastated communities and displaced thousands of residents, leaving 40 dead and at least 5,700 structures destroyed.
As we reported last week, San Francisco and Oakland residents and organizations have responded with an outpouring of support, with more on the way for North Bay neighbors.
For those who wish to help, California Volunteers—coordinated by the Office of the Governor—has put together a list of how to make financial contributions, tips to consider when collecting and donating items, as well as volunteer opportunities with disaster relief organizations on scene.
Here is an update with the latest fundraisers:
Birba Wine Bar (458 Grove St.) is hosting a fundraiser today. All proceeds will go to relief efforts. Supporters can eat tacos, drink wine, buy bottles to take home or bring donations of dry goods and clean clothes, which event organizers will deliver. "We will continue fundraising throughout this month," the organizers said.
Ice cream shop Salt & Straw will donate 15 percent of its profits on the opening day of the new Hayes Valley store (586 Hayes St.) on Friday to Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief and Farmer’s Guild's fundraiser. Ice cream fans can also shop at 2201 Fillmore St., where 15 percent of all profits will be donated on Friday as well.
Home goods store Playmountain East (555 Alabama St.) is hosting a Japanese tea ceremony on Saturday afternoon. All proceeds will go directly to the Redwood Credit Union's Fire Relief fund. Tea is served by local tea master Kanako Nishimura, while sweets come from local patissier Junko Schwesig.
Marla Bakery Restaurant (3619 Balboa St.) is also donating all profits from its upcoming Sunday Supper this Sunday to relief efforts in Sonoma County.
Whole Foods will match up to $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Napa and Sonoma county wildfire relief efforts. Shoppers can tell cashiers at their store how much they want to donate.
For the foreseeable future, Ritual Coffee will accept donations to support fire relief. Donation bins are available at all of their San Francisco cafes. Organizers have put together a list of most needed items, including non-perishable food, bottled water, pet food, tampons and pads, underwear (in new packaging), and new flip flops.
San Francisco-based chefs Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions), Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière), Sam Mogannam (Bi-Rite) are among those that formed SF Fights Fire. The group helps displaced residents by providing meals. Restaurants can sign up to make and deliver food, while individuals can volunteer to help make and deliver food as needed.
The San Francisco SPCA is accepting donated supplies to bring to shelters in North Bay. Bring clean towels, cat carriers, and unopened dog or cat food to the Mission Campus, at 201 Alabama St. The East Bay SPCA is also looking for certain brands of dog and cat food. Head over to its Facebook page for the list.
Pet supply store The Animal House (157 Fillmore St.) and Wonder Dog Rescue continue to support displaced pets. The rescue is accepting donations, with its next delivery drive will take place on Wednesday. If you have space for an extra pet, you can also come to the store. "We are trying [to connect] with fire victims that may need a temporary home for their pet," store representatives wrote.
KitTea cat cafe (96 Gough St.) is also a designated drop-off site for those able to donate pet supplies, such as bedding, food or litter.
Local Pet Food Express stores in San Francisco and Oakland are accepting monetary donations for North Bay area shelters and rescues. "The number of pet crates needed exceeds our supply," the company announced; it is asking individuals to drop off pet crates at stores. Pet Food Express plans to match crates with a rescue or evacuation center.
Did you hear about other donation drives or fundraisers in San Francisco and Oakland? Text Hoodline at 415-200-3233, or let us know in the comments.
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