My name is Olin Borse. I'm from a town called Petaluma located in the Sonoma-County of Northern California (about 40 miles north of San Francisco). On Monday October 9th, a massive wildfire erupted in Santa Rosa sometime in the early hours of the morning and has been rapidly increasing over the last few days. Neighboring towns such as Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Rhonert Park, Cotati, Petaluma (my hometown), and many others are being affected by this disaster (some more-so than others). So far 21 have been confirmed dead, hundreds are missing, and thousands of buildings and land have been destroyed. Many people (including close friends of mine) have lost their homes completely. The Petaluma community has been doing a wonderful job with donations and assisting evacuees to safe zones but the fire is still at large. Various roads are closed, the air quality has reached moderate-to-unhealthy conditions, and tap water is not safe to drink. Gov. Jerry Brown has issued this as a State of Emergency.
My parents and girlfriend reside in Petaluma and are thankfully safe. As soon as I caught word of the fire I rushed from San Francisco to be with them. We are currently on standby waiting to hear updates. At the moment there is no need for us to evacuate but we are prepared in the event that we have to. It breaks my heart to see so many beautiful areas destroyed; many of which I grew up around and have fond memories of...
It's not often I ask for donations, but this is an exception. I am going to link various charity websites that will directly benefit the people affected by this disaster. I know it is a lot to ask people for money, but if you find it in your heart to contribute even a small amount of money to any of these causes, it would mean the world to me and the people of this area. Every little bit helps and it will go a long way. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as the firefighters of the area try to control the fire.
Please spread the word. God bless you all <3
Rob Sullivan, a local realtor and resident of Sonoma County, want to help raise at least $50,000 for those who have lost their homes. All money raised will be distributed directly to those who have lost their homes through the American Red Cross.
Red Cross Disaster Relief
If you'd rather donate directly to Red Cross, here is the link to their website.
Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief
The folks who run Redwood Credit Union (my bank) have teamed up with the folks who run the Press Democrat (my local newspaper) in order to help those in need. 100% of your donations will go directly to support those affected by the fires.
Funds support programs that are critical to making both companion and farmed animals’ lives better.