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How Can I Help? Benefits, Drives & Free Services for Fire Victims

Oct 16, 2017 12:00AM

In the wake of the tragic firestorm, many community members are organizing benefits and funds for those who have been affected by the fires.


The Analy High School Chorus is holding a benefit concert for on October 25 at 7 p.m. at Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. is raising money for undocumented immigrants, who do not qualify for FEMA grants.

Love and Justice 2017 Fire Relief for Immigrants will be held on October 28, 6–10 p.m., at Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Ln, Forestville. Tickets for the event—which will feature Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeño Band, dinner, and a live auction—are $100–$150, sliding scale. Student and senior discounts are available.  See for details.

At the Santa Rosa Relief Benefit and Halloween Cover Show on October 31, 6–10 p.m, local musicians will deliver the garage punk/metal music of the Cure, Rudimentary Peni, the Reatards, and Wire. Concert venue will be announced on the day of the show.  See


Pay It Forward Music has launched a drive for those who lost their instruments in the fire. To donate working instruments or get on the list for a replacement instrument, contact: Dave Silva, 530-321-8094, [email protected]; Matt Payne, 546-7097 ext. 216, [email protected]; or Loud and Clear Music  665-5650,

The Santa Rosa Police Department, 965 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, is accepting until October 23 new Halloween costumes for children affected by the fire.

YMCA Operation Backpack is collecting school supplies for kids as well as Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards for teachers. See the YMCA website,, for a list of needed items. Once purchased, items can be dropped off at the Y at 1111 College Ave., Santa Rosa.  Contact Michelle Head at [email protected] with any questions.


The Redwood Credit Union Community Fund is collecting donations for fire victims. See

Santa Rosa Junior College is raising money to help assist students, faculty, and staff with urgent, fire-related needs. Donate at


Healdsburg Free Store is offering free clothes, toiletries, toys, books, school supplies, baby gear, and more. The store is open 9 a.m.–7 p.m. everyday and is located at 190 Foss Creek Circle, Unit K, just to the north of the Healdsburg Post Office, in Healdsburg. Enter the driveway just to the north of the post office. Drive all the way around to the far back corner of the building. Look for a roll up door that faces the freeway.

Petaluma Community Acupuncture on 21 Kentucky St. in Petaluma is giving away free treatments to first responders and evacuees on October 21–22 and October 28–29, 3:30–7:30 p.m. Call 707-778-8645 or e-mail [email protected] to make an appointment.

Windsor Community Acupuncture is providing free acupuncture to evacuees at its clinic, 432 Emily Rose Circle, Windsor.  See for further details.