The Kincade Fire has caused the evacuation of much of the western counties of Napa, Sonoma and parts of North Bay, California. Rolling blackouts imposed by PG&E to prevent igniting fires in hurricane force wind storms of the past several days have added to the danger and difficulty of evacuees seeking shelter.
Petaluma has become a major evacuation center. St. John’s Episcopal Church is actively working to distribute supplies and find shelter for the many displaced. Members have taken evacuated families into their own homes. Agricultural workers from the vineyards and small farms of the area are in danger if found to be undocumented, which may make them more hesitant to seek help from government relief resources.
To aid around the clock relief efforts, the Diocese of Northern California has established a secure online link to donate to the relief efforts being carried out by congregations of St. John’s, Petaluma, St. Paul’s, Healdsburg, and many other Episcopal churches in the area. Donations are being used to purchase and distribute towels, soap, toiletries, diapers and other desperately needed supplies to evacuees.
Gift cards from Safeway and Visa are welcome. You can mail the gift cards directly to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Healdsburg, who will coordinate distribution.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
c/o The Rev. Sally Hubbell
209 W. Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Thank you for giving!