It has been hard to find the words to truly express how we are feeling during this time in Santa Barbara. In the past two months we’ve been home to the largest wildfire in California history, and now, as a result of the Thomas fire, a devastating mudslide in Montecito. Our hearts are heavy as we look at these events and the loss of life and destruction they have caused. Many of us have lost friends, some have lost homes, some are losing business, and others have been on the front lines fighting, and cleaning up the disaster. Needless to say, Santa Barbarans need love and support at this time.
If we can find any silver lining, it’s that our community is strong. It’s a family that comes together in times of need. In that spirit, here is a collection of ways to support your fellow Santa Barbarans compiled by the ImpactHUB as we navigate this difficult time together:
–Emergency Pop Up Shop, This is a place to help serve our displaced friends which is currently located at the Victoria Court. Please contact Anna Prober with any questions 805-259-8352. They need volunteers as well.
My Gym: Children’s Fitness Center is doing a shop and play for evacuated families. Info here
-Montecito Union School has put together an Amazon Wishlist. Items are going fast, but more may be added later.
–Santa Barbara Helpers Signup, whose mission is to support the immediate needs of families impacted by the mudslide. Signup directly to purchase items victims lost in the disaster.
-KEYT has a great list of donation opportunities.
–Chamber of Commerce disaster relief information.
–Ensemblé: The donations housed in the storage room at the Hotel Californian has relocated to a storefront along State Street; you may drop off donations (new clothes, toilettry kits, new shoes, etc.) at 1233-A Victoria Court. If you have lost your home, possessions, or are displaced, you may pick up donations from the same location.
–Disaster Assist Match, matching people’s needs with volunteers in the Santa Barbara area.
Special shoutout to SeaVees, a local company who generously donated shoes to the victims of the mudslide. We are touched by the members and businesses in this community who have been so thoughtful and giving during such a difficult time.
Below is a list of all the “GoFundMe” pages for individuals and families affected by recent events:
–The Benitez Family* who have suffered the loss of young children.
-The family of Martín Cabrera Munoz who are hoping to plan a proper burial for Martín.
-The owner of Rose Cafe, who lost his partner, Peter Fleurat, in the mudslide.
–For the McManigal Family, who lost their father and whose son was injured.
*The McManigals are generously donating their funds to the Benitez family.
–The Sutthitthepa Family, whose home was destroyed by the mudslide and lost several family members.
–The Cantin Family, whose 14 year-old daughter was rescued from the mud, but whose father and son are missing.
–The Morgan, Sawyer and Summer Corey Fund: Morgan and Sawyer lost their lives in the mudslide, and Summer is injured.
–The Maya Family, who lost their home, jobs, and car in the mudslide.