With the current firestorm in San Diego County wreaking havoc and devastating thousands of acres and homes, the people and businesses who remain unaffected have stepped up to show their support for victims. Countless hotels are offering discounted rates for evacuees, many restaurants are offering free or discounted meals for evacuees and those who have lost their homes, and community centers are providing free childcare to those in need. Here’s a list of the San Diego businesses that are helping fire victims currently – and how you can get involved.
The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations online and by phone at (800)-725-2769. Donors should specify which area of relief they would like their donation to go. The Salvation Army also has two mobile hydration units serving water, electrolyte drinks, coffee and snacks.
Estancia La Jolla is offering discounted rates on its rooms for fire victims, and half off its usual pet fees with discount code “MAYDIS.”
Hotel La Jolla is offering discounted rates on its rooms Thursday and Friday nights, starting at $189 (down from the regular starting rate of $269).
AirBnB has created a website on which people offer up their homes for free or can find a no-cost place to stay.
Hotel Solamar in the Gaslamp Quarter rented 43 rooms to evacuees at a special $99 rate on Wednesday night, and the Palomar San Diego offered the same rate to fire evacuees until it sold out Wednesday.
The Manchester Grand Hyatt took in more than 250 displaced employees and guests from sister property Park Hyatt Aviara, which was evacuated Wednesday.
A number of restaurants who are members of the San Diego County chapter of the California Restaurant Association have been supplying food at North County evacuation centers for those displaced by the fires. Phil’s BBQ served Red Cross volunteers lunch Thursday, and the Cohn Restaurant Group’s food trucks have been helping feed the firefighters.
Luna Grill is delivering food to responders and any shelters in the area. Call the company’s catering line. Also, those in uniform who stop by any open Luna Grill in the areas affected by the fires will get a free meal. The company has locations in Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Scripps Ranch and Poway.
Pet Care and Supplies
Dogs on Deployment are offering their database for military (active or retired) members to find boarders for pet owners who have been displaced by the fire.
The San Diego Humane Society is offering assistance to people who need to evacuate animals. Call for more information.
Evacuees can drop off horses and other large animals at Del Mar Racing’s facility.
The Red Cross is distributing free pet supplies at 2 locations: Mission Hills High School & La Costa Canyon High School.
The 24-Hour Dog Daycare in San Diego at 6660 Miramar Road is offering a free service to foster dogs that have been displace by fires. They’re open 24 hours a day.
U-Haul of Oceanside is offering 30 days of free self-storage, U-box portable moving and self-storage pods to those being forced to evacuate their homes. U-Haul is also asking anyone who has a re-usable box to drop it off at the nearest U-Haul location. The boxes will be donated to other families in need.
The YMCA will be offering free and emergency childcare to families all day Friday in response to a number of school closures.
The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park will also offer free admission and extra programs and activities for children Thursday.
The hair salon Dearinger on Market Street is offering free cuts and color on Thursday and Friday for anyone affected by the fires. Call them for more information.
San Diego members of the California Chiropractic Association are offering free chiropractic adjustments to local firefighters for the rest of the month. Firefighters can find a CCA-member in the San Diego area by calling or going to their website.
Any fire victims in San Diego County who lost their homes can get a free family portrait and 16×20 inch prints from Togally.com — just call Jon at (619) 583-0007 for more information.
Thank you, San Diego, for being so awesome and supportive! If you have any more information regarding those who are helping out, tell us using hashtag #LaJollaBB
[Source: utsandiego.com. Images courtesy of kpbs.org, inetours.com, & timesofsandiego.com]
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