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.
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
Air Mattresses and cots
Dry and Canned Pet Food (Dog, Cat, Kitten)
Animal crates and carriers small and large
Dog Bowls (Any bowls for food and water)
Other pet supplies (litter, bedding, leashes, collars)
Personal Protection Equipment (Masks, latex gloves, etc.)
Non-perishable food items (that don’t need to be cooked)
Personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, baby wipes, soap)
Diapers in all sizes
Feminine Hygiene Products
Bandaids, Antibacterial Ointment, Etc.
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.