How to Help the Santa Rosa Fire Victims

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What a couple of weeks it’s been. Not only is California on fire and Las Vegas is grieving, but I got news in my personal world that has shaken me to my core and made me wonder if there is anyone worth trusting. 

These uncertain times remind us of the scary reality that we have little control in our lives. It’s times like these that we have to cling to the hope that there is good in the world and that love will win. Sometimes the only way to not give into despair is to take action. As a former fire victim myself, I understand how it feels to lose everything. We may be powerless against the flames that engulf our state’s beautiful wine region, but we have the power to meet some of the basic needs of those who are suffering more than ourselves. Thankfully, we live in a generous community, and there are plenty of easy ways to help the fire victims in Santa Rosa and surrounding areas. Here's just a few:

1. Kris Teresi from the Gilroy Fire Department is heading to Napa on Monday, October 16, with his truck and gooseneck with donations. If you would like to donate, please bring donations to the Chestnut Fire Station, 7070 Chestnut St., by Sunday, October 15. 


Non perishables

Toilet paper


Baby items – especially diapers and baby wipes

Dog and cat food


2. A.A.R.F. (All About Rescue and Fixin’) volunteers will be at the collection center at the Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church at 16970 DeWitt Ave. from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 13, 14, and 15.

Dog/Cat food - both bags of dry and flats of canned

Dog/Cat collars/leashes/harnesses

Dog/Cat beds

Wire kennels/plastic carriers

Pet bowls

Litter pans/small bags litter


Alfalfa pellets

Horse feed

Feed for chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, rams, etc.

Horse blankets, halters, leads, curry comb 


Hay carts/wheelbarrows

Muck forks


3. The Red Cross is taking donations via text messages, making your job even easier. Visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

There are many other local churches, businesses, and community groups taking donations. I encourage everybody to donate something, no matter how small. This is our chance to make the world a little less bleak right now. This is our chance to prove that love wins.