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Richmond businesses rally to support communities affected by the North Bay fires

on October 16, 2017

As wildfires continue to ravage Northern California, Richmond businesses and nonprofits are rallying to provide aid.

East Brother Beer Co. announced on Facebook it will be donating 5 percent of total taproom sales this week to groups helping with fire relief. Armistice Brewing has come out with a special benefit beer, called 707, which is brewed with hops grown in Sonoma County. Two dollars of every pint sold will go to supporting fire victims. And RYSE Center is offering services to those in Richmond by opening early and offering a free place for kids to hang out with fresh, smoke-free air.

The fires, which began nearly a week ago, on October 9, are the deadliest in California history. So far, there are 38 confirmed deaths, and hundreds of people are reported missing.

On Friday, CalFire estimated that 5,700 structures had been destroyed, and with many of the fires still raging, the damage and casualty rates promise to rise.

Many in Richmond, from the Rotary Club to private citizens, have started up collections for victims. Juan Nunez, owner of Nunez Tattoo, says he’s been getting “carloads full of stuff.” In addition to dropping supplies at local shelters, he’s also making trips to Bodega Bay and other coastal towns, where many undocumented immigrants — who are afraid they will be picked up by ICE if they head to local shelters — are camping.

To raise more money, Nunez Tattoo will host a tattoo sale on October 21. For $50, customers can choose from a number of California-themed designs, and all the money will be used to purchase water and other supplies.

There are many opportunities to donate to relief efforts. Here are a few places, along with specific items they are collecting, where you can donate supplies:

Armistice Brewing – 845 Marina Bay Parkway Suite 1

  • Eye wash/drops
  • N95 face masks
  • Sweat pants
  • Sweatshirts
  • Feminine products
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Non-perishable food
  • Shoes
  • Packaged underwear
  • Pet food
  • Water bottles and Gatorade
  • Cots, blankets, and air mattresses

East Brother Beer Co. – 1001 Canal Blvd. (Accepting new items only)

  • Pillows and blankets
  • Phone chargers
  • Pet food
  • Animal crates and carriers
  • Pet bowls and supplies
  • Diapers
  • Baby strollers/carriers
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, baby wipes, soap, etc.)
  • Baby food and formula
  • New socks and underwear
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • First aid items
  • Duffle bags
  • Children’s books
  • Coloring supplies (paper, pens, crayons)

Let’s Grow Richmond & Up and Under Pub and Grill

  • Helping cook and serve hot meals to first responders and displaced families with Operation BBQ Relief. Contributions welcome on their GoFundMe.

Nunez Tattoo – 12724 San Pablo Ave. (Drop off Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 7PM, Tattoo Sale October 21)

  • Water bottles
  • Canned food
  • Baby food
  • Pet food
  • Blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes

RYSE Center – 205 41st St. (Drop off Mondays through Fridays, 9AM – 7:30PM)

  • Gift cards (Visa, Safeway, Target, etc.)
  • N95 face masks with filtration
  • You can also find a list of organizations to donate to on their website.

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