My heart goes out to those families who lost their homes, family members or were injured in the San Bruno fire. I'm posting a few ways to help and invite you to put suggestions as well, in the comments section below.
HELP a MOTHER OUT
I've featured Help a Mother Out before - the organiztion donates diapers and other items to mom in need. Until September 20th, they're conducting a mini-drive to help out the affected San Bruno families. They're looking for:
* Diapers and Pull Ups (all sizes)
* New underwear (children, women, men)
* New travel toiletries
* Baby formula
* Clean towels
* Feminine hygiene products
* Gently used, freshly laundered children's clothing (ages 0-5 especially), women and men's clothing. Please ONLY donate clothing items that you would use personally for yourself or your family. No stains or rips, please.
Deliver at the drop-off station in San Francisco. (Drop off donations c/o HAMO at: Natural Resources: 1367 Valencia St. (at 25th St.), San Francisco, CA 94110 Contact: lisa (at) helpamotherout.org) They're working on getting a drop-off site set up on the Peninsula. Check back on their website if you can't do the drop-off in the city, or look below for the San Bruno Rec Center info.
Blood Centers of the Pacific seeks your blood. You may hate needles, but think of the people you can help. Lots of locations to donate.
My sources tell me that you can drop off diapers, blankets, shoes, towels and children's clothing at the San Bruno Recreation Center at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are also set up at Bayhill Shopping Center, 851 Cherry Avenue San Bruno, to provide victim assistance.
I'm sure many organizations are collecting money for the victims - I'll highlight this one because it's in my inbox and I trust the organization. The Jewish Community Federation is setting up an emergency fund - the online donation link will be live by Monday. JCF says "donations will be directly distributed to the most effective service providers in the Jewish and general communities." Check the website for donation information, or mail a check the Jewish Community Federation - San Bruno Emergency Fund, 121 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation also set up a special fund. The first $100,000 donated will be matched by the SVCF. Donate here.