Written by Rebecca W, staff contributing writer
Every morning I wake up listening to the local news- and honestly I barely pay attention to anything other than the traffic report. Today was different. As some of you may know last night a gas main exploded in San Bruno, Ca.
Four deaths, dozens were injured by this explosion and resulting fire. 38 houses have been destroyed; far more are damaged, along with acres of land and these numbers are only going to go up. As the words were spoken on the radio all I could think was “How can I help?” The radio announcer explained that they were looking for gently used children’s clothing along with other items. We had just cleaned out our children’s closets washed and folded the cloths for donation; a huge bag of clothing was just sitting in our garage. My husband and I packed up the car with boxes of new children’s books, big bag of gently used cloths and drove up to San Bruno.
The explosion was only a city over from our office here at BookRenter. Sitting in my cozy chair staring at my screen my mind kept wandering to the families that are now homeless and in need. So we decided as a company we needed to help. BookRenter will be donating $1,000 to the City of San Bruno Glenview Fire Victims Fund, along with $100 worth of diapers and formula.
If you too would like to donate;
Donations can be sent to the City of San Bruno Glenview Fire Victims Fund;
City of San Bruno
Glenview Fire Victims Fund
attn: City Manager
567 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
People wishing to donate items in person are asked to take them to the First Tongan United Methodist Church, located at 560 El Camino Real in San Bruno.
Blood Centers of the Pacific has launched an emergency appeal for Type-O negative blood. People who want to donate are asked to call 888-393-GIVE or visit http://bloodcenters.org.
The Bay Area Red Cross is also asking for blood donations as well as donations of money. For more information visits www.bayarea-redcross.org.