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Q:  I have a bag of shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes,etc. that I collect from hotels for donations like this.  I would like to give them to the victims of the Valley Fire that are in shelters – do you know where to donate these items?  I keep hearing on the morning news that I CAN donate, I just don’t know WHERE!  Can you give me the info? LeAnn Philips; Pleasanton

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A: Hi LeAnn! Thank you so much for reaching out and being so generous! Here is what I found from my running/triathlete friends:


Forward Motion employee Nicole Ehritt and friend Emily Schuman are collecting items for the evacuees of the ‪‎Butte Fire and ‪‎Valley Fire. Please bring your items for donation ASAP this week to Forward Motion Sports in Danville or to Faith Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill during the following hours:

Forward Motion  (A Running Store)
432 Hartz Avenue
Danville, Ca 94523

Mon 9/14-Thur 9/17, 10am-7pm

Faith Lutheran Church
50 Woodsworth Ln.
Pleasant Hill, Ca 94523

Tuesday 9/15, 11:30am-5pm
Wed 9/16, 8:30am-2pm
Thur 9/17, 8:30am-2pm

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Items Needed:
– Gas cards (easy to haul, BIG IMPACT)
– New socks/underwear for men, women & children
– Flashlights
– Batteries
– Sleeping Bags
– Tents
– Tarps
– Easy-ups
– Camping chairs

– Leashes
– Collars
– Metal dog bowls
– Pet beds
– Blankets
– Towels
– Horse Bridles
– Horse Ropes
– Buckets
– Dog & Cat Food
– Animal Feed


Help is needed at Faith Lutheran Church during donation hours to help sort/organize. We will also need drivers who can bring this stuff out to evacuation centers for both the Valley and Butte Fires beyond the trips already planned.

Thank you for your help! Please contact if you can volunteer your time for either.  As always, donations to the Red Cross help also!

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