Rallying to Help Those Affected by the Fire

Being a part of a CrossFit gym is about a lot of things to a lot of people.  But one of the top things people talk about with CrossFit is community. Family. People being there for one another.  And whether or not you personally know someone affected by the fire, there are several members of our community who have mothers/fathers/sisters/brothers/etc. who have been evacuated with little more than the clothes on their backs and their pets and are waiting to see if they will be going back to standing homes and jobs.  Worse yet, the chaos the fire is creating is, unfortunately, far from over.

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So I thought we could, as a community, could support the efforts that Amelia E. has been putting together to assist those affected.  She is collecting donations for Love on Haight to drive up for distribution by aid organizations and plans on making a drop off Saturday.  Please bring items you would like to donate to the gym tomorrow or Friday and we will pass them along.  Here are the kinds of items being collected:

Items to Donate

Tents
Air Mattresses and cots
Pillows
Phone Chargers
Dry and Canned Pet Food (Dog, Cat, Kitten)
Animal crates and carriers small and large
Dog Bowls (Any bowls for food and water)
Can Openers
Other pet supplies (litter, bedding, leashes, collars)
Baby Strollers
Baby Carries
Personal Protection Equipment (Masks, latex gloves, etc.)
Boxes
Duct Tape
Non-perishable food items (that don’t need to be cooked)
Can Openers
Camp stoves

Propane
Water
Personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, baby wipes, soap)
Diapers in all sizes
Formula
Baby Food
Blankets
New Socks
New Underwear
Toilet Paper
Feminine Hygiene Products
Bandaids, Antibacterial Ointment, Etc.
Duffle Bags
Suitcases
Children’s books
Coloring Books
Coloring supplies

Donate Money

The Redwood Empire Food Bank is really struggling to keep up with demand and to circulate as much food as is needed. As of last night they were also looking at a potential evacuation due to encroaching fires. You can donate to them here

The Red Cross is an obvious choice and they are organizing much of the aid in the area. Don't forget to ask your company to match if that's a possibility.

If you're looking for a more personal cause, consider donating to an individual, family or community Go Fund Me campaign. Amelia's cousin and her boyfriend are among the many who lost everything, and our family created a page for them specifically. They are a couple of amazing young people who will need help getting back on their feet.