Mayor Thanks Good Samaritans

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and members of the Board of Supervisors
today recognized the contributions made by a handful of individuals and
businesses that helped out fellow community members after three major fires
broke in late January.
Lee said the displacement has garnered an outpouring of support
from the community.
The three major fires claimed the life of one man, injured others
and left roughly 100 people homeless.
The three separate fires, which occurred on Jan. 28 in the Mission
District, on Jan. 29 in the Tenderloin and Jan. 31 near Alamo Square Park,
caused more than $11.5 million in estimated damage, according to San
Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.
Lee recognized local businesses such as Tartine Bakery and Bi-Rite
Market, among others, that worked with the American Red Cross and the
Salvation Army to supply displaced persons with hot meals, as well as fresh
fruits and vegetables.
Lee also expressed his appreciation to landlords and hotels that
offered to house the residents displaced by the fires.
A special thanks was extended by the mayor to Zack Crockett, a San
Francisco resident who witnessed the Mission District fire and started an
online fundraiser at gofundme.com. The fundraiser garnered more than $165,600
for the displaced residents, as of March 2.
Lee as well as Supervisor Scott Wiener and Board of Supervisors
President London Breed, presented pins to those who exhibited exceptional
generosity of their time, money or talent to help out victims of the fires.
Breed said she was impressed by the outpouring of support and said
she was happy to see that “so many neighbors stepped up to the plate.”
Bi-Rite Market’s community programs manager, Shakirah Simley, 29,
was among those honored at the ceremony in the mayor’s office today. She said
that she was just glad that Bi-Rite could help out by doing what they do
best, serving quality food.
Simley said Bi-Rite organized with about a dozen San Francisco
companies to get over 1,200 meals to those displaced in the weeks after the
fires.
She said Bi-Rite also donated roughly $6,000 worth of pantry items
and fresh fruits and vegetables to the fire victims.
Simley said that Bi-Rite has been a part of the San Francisco
community for 75 years and was happy to offer meals to its neighbors during
their time of need.
Copyright © 2015 by Bay City News, Inc.

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