Little Orchard Self Storage in San Jose, Calif., is supporting a donation drive to help victims of the Kincade Fire that’s burning in Sonoma County, Calif. The facility at 1833 Little Orchard St. is providing a free unit to Gabriel Lopez, owner of Everything Goes Movers Moving Co., who’s spearheading the drive.
“He wanted to do something for the Kincade Fire and right when I heard that, I said, what do you need,” said property manager Melissa Volau.
Although located 90 miles from the fire, Lopez said being able to see and smell the smoke reminds him of the devastation happening in the North Bay community. “The fear and everything that they are going through, and the loss and wonder of what’s going to happen,” said Lopez, who volunteered during last year’s Camp Fire in Butte County, Calif.
He’s collected water bottles, toiletries and non-perishable food for the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, Calif. He also plans to purchase food if need be, then deliver everything to the food bank today. “I want them to know we care about them, that we are here for them,” he said.
The Kincade Fire began on Oct. 23 and has already burned 76,825 acres. Two firefighters have been injured, 206 structures have been destroyed and another 40 have been damaged. The fire is about 30 percent contained, according to fire officials.
Little Orchard serves the communities of Campbell, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Willow Glen.
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