California Fire Relief Efforts: Where and what to donate (via @Biondivino)

Images via Vino Girl’s Instagram (Napa).

The stories of devastation and loss are as gut-wrenching as they are heartbreaking.

“The ferocious fires in the Wine Country and beyond,” wrote the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, “destroyed new territory on multiple fronts Wednesday, threatening communities untouched by the previous onslaught — including the cities of Sonoma, Napa, Calistoga and Fairfield — and prompting evacuations of thousands more people.”

“Fires raked across the state, but the primary battlefields were in Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties where wind gusts topping 30 mph were giving out-of-control fires new life and sending firefighters from across California and Nevada scrambling to save lives and property.”

Below, I’ve copied and pasted an email blast by Ceri Smith, owner of the Biondivino wine shops in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Both locations are accepting donated items (the list of suggested items follows). Relief supplies can also be shipped to either location and Ceri has also included other resources for donations and recovery efforts.

Tracie and I are praying this morning for our sisters and brothers in California. G-d bless the Golden State.

Fire Relief
Donation Drop Location
Biondivino San Francisco & Biondivino Palo Alto

There are no words that can ever express the impact and devastating sorrow we feel
for the tragedies and insurmountable losses our Northern California neighbors,
friends and colleagues are going through daily.

Many basic items are needed as so many have lost so much.

From what I understand these are the most immediate needs:

  • Face Masks (3M 8511 N95 – needs to be able to filter out smoke/gasses, please, not the light weight basic model
  • Individual or Small Eye Drops – Eye Rinse
  • Pillows & Pillow Cases /Air mattresses/Blankets
  • Flashlights/Batteries/Chargers
  • Diapers – Children & Adult – Feminine products
  • OTC Medicines: Advil, Tylenol, Antihistamines, DripDrop etc…
  • Wetwipes, sanitizers, toothbrushes, hair combs etc
  • Baby food – Pet food/Supplies
  • New Undergarments: Men, Women, Children of all sizes
*Consider anything you would need if you had to leave at a moments notice (or any person young or elderly would need)

Many out of town people have asked how they can help/contribute – please feel free to ship anything to either of our locations.

**Please address the receiver as FIRE RELIEF c/o Biondivino

EASY LINKS:

Bay Area residents – Cole Hardware: Mask Link | Sanitizer Link | Batteries | Emergency Supplies
or Amazon (prime if you have it).

Biondivino SF:
1415 Green Street (between Polk/VanNess)
any time Tues – Sat 11am-8pm – Sun 12pm-7pm – closed Mon

South Bay Biondivino Palo Alto:
Town & Country Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #160 (Next to Belcampo & The Sushi House)
any time Mon – Sat 10am-7pm – Sun 11am-5pm

*NO CASH DONATIONS ACCEPTED – THANK YOU

More Links to Help:
Petaluma Volunteer/Evacuee/Donation
NBC-Fire Relief Links

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