Tuesday, October 23, 2007

San Diego Fire Assistance

San Diego Mama is saddened by the tragic wildfires racing through our beautiful city. If you would like to help, here are several ways!

Qualcomm Stadium
The public is encouraged to donate the following items in support of supportof fire evacuation relief efforts at Qualcomm Stadium. All donations shouldbe delivered to Gate P at the Qualcomm Stadium. In order to keep roadwaysclear, everyone is encouraged to make their donations quickly and to returnhome directly.
Items Needed
Prepared Foods

Volunteer San Diego
Currently there are more volunteers than volunteer opportunities.
To receive e-mail announcements of wildfire volunteer opportunities, register with Volunteer San Diego. After registering, you will receive an automatic e-mail message with a link to activate your account. Once you have done so, you will be prompted to update your information in the Member Center. Follow the link to do so and indicate your skills and interests. Be sure to check the interest category "Disaster Prevention/Recovery/Relief."

1. Make a donation
Volunteer San Diego’s Disaster Program is made possible by donations of time and money. Click here to make a donation.

2. Volunteer
2-1-1 is seeking volunteers to help in the next 72 hours to take calls and/or fill other roles at 2-1-1 should that be needed. Shifts are about four hours and training is available. If interested, email volunteer@211sandiego.org with your name, phone number where you can be reached, your email address, and the dates/times that work best with your schedule. A 2-1-1 person will contact you directly once you send that information.

3. In kind donations
To make a donation of emergency supplies and personal necessities are advised to call Goodwill Industries at (888) 446-6394 to find their local Goodwill drop-off site.

Donate Blood
The San Diego Blood Bank has now closed two donor centers due to poor air quality. The two centers are the North County Donor Center, 1340 W. Valley Parkway, Escondido and the North Coastal Donor Center, 161 Thunder Dr., Vista.
Blood donors are urged to check the San Diego Blood bank's Web site, sandiegobloodbank.org frequently to stay updated on locations where they can donate blood this week, as several areas of the county where blood drives were planned have been affected by the fires.
Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good health, may qualify to give blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended prior to donation. For more information, call 1-800-4MY-SDBB.

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