The devastation caused by the fires in the North Bay has been heartbreaking. Many of our members are undergoing severe hardship, including firefighters and other first responders who are risking their lives to help others, even as their own homes have been threatened or destroyed.
How You Can Help
There are many known and reputable charities, such as the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of America, but many members have asked specifically how they can support the first responders. Two examples are listed below.
Go Fund a Hero Fundraising Campaign
The Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 and Santa Rosa Firefighters, IAFF Local 1401, have launched an official fundraising platform at Go Fund a Hero to assist the many firefighters and their families who’ve lost homes.
Funds raised here will be distributed equally among those in need – currently at least 40 firefighter families affected from IAFF Locals 1401 (Santa Rosa Firefighters), 1775 (Marin Professional Firefighters), 2881 (Cal Fire Firefighters), 55 (Oakland Firefighters), 798 (San Francisco Firefighters), 1415 (Petaluma Firefighters), and several other smaller agencies and locals.
San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program Collecting Donations
You can drop off donations of diapers, new kids clothing, toys, and baby wipes at 2225 Jerrold Ave in San Francisco, or at the SF Fire Credit Union branches, which will have donation barrels available as of October 13th. These donated items will be distributed at the emergency shelters. You can also donate money at The SF Firefighter Toy Program’s website.