We once again find ourselves reeling from the impact of tragic fires in and around our home. While these wildfires are traumatizing for all of us, this year more of our immediate HUSD staff and families have lost their homes and everything they own.
We are well aware that there are many organizations better poised to address the overarching needs of individuals going through this devastating experience, however we also know that there is no such thing as too much help when your entire life is turned upside down, and it is important to show up for your family when they are in need. These individuals are part of our family.
We have started this HUSD Emergency Fund for those individuals- 1 of our teachers and 4 of our students, of whom we are currently aware. Funds will be evenly distributed amongst these 5 families at the end of September.
Gift cards are also encouraged! As we have unfortunately come to learn, despite the good intentions we have in gathering useful items to donate, it can be further traumatizing for people to not even have the ability to choose things for themselves when they have already lost so much. Gift cards can be either mailed directly to HEF at P.O. Box 1668, Healdsburg, CA 95448, or dropped off at the front desk of the HUSD District office, located on 1028 Prince St.
Lastly, we just want to say thank you. We know that if you are here reading this, you are likely also helping others around you in innumerable ways. This has a powerful ripple effect and we are proud to stand beside you. It is difficult to adequately express our immense gratitude for all the firefighters and first responders who have traveled from near and far to help us protect our homes, schools, livelihoods, and cherished natural landscapes. We know the mantra well by now: we're all in this together.