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Community Foundation accepting donations for flood victims

Hollister Firefighters Association establishes fund for residents of Lovers Lane area

The Community Foundation for San Benito County (CFFSBC) has reached out to the Hollister Firefighters Association Local 3395 and established a fund to support the flood victims of Lovers Lane, located in north San Benito County. Since Jan. 11,  there have been numerous levee breaches along Pacheco Creek. Initially, 46 homes were affected, and currently there are still nine families living in a local warming shelter.

After reading about the successful fundraiser held by Running Rooster, in partnership with the Hollister Firefighters Association early this month, the CFFSBC wanted to do even more. Jim Chapman, owner of Running Rooster, reported on Facebook, “In three days customers purchased $3,460 in gift cards for a total of $6,920 in food help. Wow. Thank you to all the wonderful folks who stepped in to help our flooded neighbors.”

Chapman discovered something the CFFSBC already knew about San Benito County; we have wonderful donors in our community who always come through when needed.

The Community Foundation contacted Vince Grewohl, president of the Hollister Firefighters Association, to ask what other needs there might be for the victims and a fund was quickly established. Grewohl said, “Current fundraising will go towards items needed by the residents and will not subsidize any Office of Emergency Services or San Benito County responsibilities.”

Some of the items needed include: clothing, animal feed, home and property repair tools, furniture, appliances, car cleaning and repair, and food.

Donations may be made by check or credit card. Please make the check out to the CFFSBC and make a notation in the memo field: Lovers Lane Flood Victims. Checks should be mailed to CFFSBC, 829 San Benito St, Suite 200, Hollister, CA 95023. Credit card donations may be completed by calling the CFFSBC office at 831-630-1924 or through our website GiveSanBenito.org.

Sharlene Van Rooy