The fires in Sonoma County have destroyed over 8,000 homes and other buildings, and that number is still rising even as the fires are contained. Over 100,000 people have been displaced, many having left their homes in the middle of the night with only the clothes on their backs. It's a desperate situation, and the sheer magnitude of lost stuff is staggering.
To help people get back some of the stuff they lost, a woman named Ariel Kelley stepped up and created the Healdsburg Free Store.
Kelley is a board member of Corazón Healdsburg, an area nonprofit with a large network, which she tapped for both volunteers and donations.When they outgrew both a storage facility and a church, she contacted Bob Fraser at Foss Creek Partners, co-owner of a commercial park, about a vacant 14,000-square-foot warehouse. “It was a no-brainer for us because the space was empty," Fraser said. “For the people who lost everything, this is going to be a long recovery process, and we wanted to do whatever we could to help." So began the free store.
With local volunteers and an abundance of donations from near and far, the warehouse was transformed.
Pop up store in Healdsburg where families who lost their homes in the recent fires can come and shop for free. 190… https://t.co/hjwHpjeE0T— Mike Matas (@Mike Matas)1508649441.0