How to help Oakland warehouse survivors and the families of those killed

A man who identified himself as Ben P reads the cards at a makeshift memorial on Sunday near the site of the warehouse fire in Oakland.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

As searchers continued to sift through the scorched ruins of an Oakland warehouse where at least 36 people died Friday night, the city has experienced an outpouring of support for the victims’ families and survivors.

“We have a lot of goodwill,” said Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department. “Community members, people outside the city of Oakland, outside of the state, even outside of the country who want to donate.”

Not only have mourners sought to help fire victims, but they have also brought food for emergency workers at the site, Officer Marco Marquez said. He described the offers of assistance as “overwhelming.”


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On Tuesday, authorities asked that donations be made to a fundraising campaign organized by the Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors.

The teams have each pledged to match $50,000 in donations. So far, more than 2,500 people have donated more than $313,000.

The mayor’s office and Red Cross are also working with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts to raise money for the victims. The campaign has collected more than $410,000. The nonprofit foundation said it is working with the Red Cross to distribute the funds to fire victims.

“We as a collective community are in mourning, many people are immediately impacted by this horrific event, not only in the region, but internationally,” the foundation said in a statement on Facebook. “In these times of division, it is critical that we band together.”

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