These SF Stores Are Collecting Supplies for Displaced NorCal Neighbors
On Monday morning, most of San Francisco woke up wondering if our city was on fire. So far, San Francisco proper has been spared, but our beloved wine country neighbors have not been as fortunate. At least 11 people have died, more than 100 are still missing, and 1,500 buildings have been destroyed.
Locals have already stepped up this year to support hurricane relief efforts for folks in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and more. While there's still so much to do for those affected by the storms, we also need to help our NorCal friends who just lost their homes and possessions in the fires. Many of these people got out with only the clothes on their backs. They need us.
To that end, several San Francisco stores are collecting clothes and supplies. Love On Haight (1400 Haight Street at the corner of Haight and Masonic) is giving away free clothes to displaced wine country residents and accepting donations "for the next few days." Similarly, Noe Valley Pet Co. (1451 Church Street), is collecting donations of pet supplies to donate to Sonoma animal shelters.
In Pacific Heights, Superga San Francisco (2326 Fillmore Street) is collecting supplies and donations through Sunday, October 15.
In Bernal Heights, Kids Cuts (85 29th Street) is collecting money for food and blankets for NorCal residents. The salon has already raised a "few hundred dollars," and writes on Facebook, "We will be matching it all and bringing water/food/blankets to anyone I know who asks for help and all the shelters I can get to in order to assist everyone!"
Andytown Coffee Roasters in the Outer Sunset is collecting donations at their roastery (3016 Taraval) as well. Please note: this is not the same address as the coffee shop. Drop off items between 7 am and 5 pm on Wednesday, October 11. The Andytown crew will be driving donations to the Petaluma shelter Thursday morning. For more information on the types of items they're requesting, check out Andytown's Facebook page.
All four Ambiance locations (Haight Street, 24th Street, Union Street, and Irving Street) are collecting goods to send to the North Bay. In a post to Facebook, the local boutique chain announced that it will be collecting diapers, pet food, wet wipes, new socks, toilet paper, clean pillows, clean blankets, hand sanitizer, phone charging cords, small tissue packets, and feminine hygiene products. Drop off supplies at any of the four shops by Sunday, October 15.
Know of another local business that is collecting items for the NorCal fires? Please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will update this post as more information becomes available.
If you have a way to bring supplies to the North Bay, 7x7 has a longer list of shelters that are accepting donations. If you have room in your home, you can also host a displaced neighbor through Airbnb's Open Homes program. (H/T SFGate)
NorCal has a long road to recovery ahead. Do what you can to help your neighbors.