On Wednesday evening, January 28th, a devastating fire destroyed the homes and livelihoods of dozens of Mission residents. One person was tragically killed and six were injured in the blaze. At least 40 residents have been displaced. In the aftermath of this tragedy, many have already rallied to support those affected by the fire. Most of the people that live or work in the building, located at 22nd and Mission, lost everything. Here are some of the things you can do to help.
1. Donate money to directly help the over 40 residents that were displaced by the fire. The money will be used to purchase food, clothing, and basic necessities, toys for children, computers, phones, and other work-related items that might've been lost in the fire. As of writing this post, $43,520 has been raised through a GoFundMe campaign organized by local Missionite Zack Crockett, with a current goal of $60,000. Click here to donate, and if you cannot afford to make a monetary contribution, please spread the word.
2. Bring in old clothes (in wearable condition please) and other necessities to the DoubleDutch offices at 2601 Mission Street. Here is a list of items the residents have specifically requested. We will begin collecting today, Friday, January 30th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm and will also set up a table on Monday, Feb 2nd 9:00am - 6:00pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
3. Doc's Clock, a local bar across the street from the fire, will be donating half of its proceeds on Saturday, January 31, from 4 p.m. until closing to fire victims. Please consider stopping by and having an extra drink.
Thank you to everyone that has already taken an active part in helping those affected by the fire.