South County's donation center for fire evacuees is closing Friday at 4pm. —Johanna Miller/The Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Since the start of the CZU Lightning Complex fires, county residents and community supporters both locally and beyond have stepped forward to meet the needs of CZU Lightning Complex fire evacuees.

Effective Friday at 4 p.m., the 1082 Emeline Ave. warehouse in Santa Cruz and the 114 Walker St. warehouse in Watsonville will no longer be accepting donations for fire evacuees or open to evacuees. 

The County thanked the public for their “amazing demonstrations of community support and inspiration during a very difficult time.” They are currently reaching out to community partners in the CZU Lightning Complex fire area to identify convenient locations for ongoing drop off and pick up of needed donation items.

If evacuees are in need of water, clothing, toiletries, nonperishable food or other items during this transition time, contact Santa Cruz County General Services Monday-Friday 8am–5pm at (831) 454-2210.

Total community donations to CZU Lightning Complex fire evacuees include (at minimum):

• 20,000 cases of water

• 2,000 sleeping bags and pillows

• 2,500 blankets

• 1,200 tents

• 1,000 tarps

In addition, non-perishable food items, toiletries, new clothes, hundreds of pairs of shoes and much more have been donated. 

“Residents of Santa Cruz County should be proud of the support they have shown for their neighbors,” Hoppin said.

The County also thanked corporate supporters such as Patagonia, O’Neill, Live Nation, Warner Entertainment, Sketchers, Pepsi, Pacific Wave, as well as the American Red Cross and hundred of volunteers who aided in relief efforts.

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Reporter Johanna Miller grew up in Watsonville, attending local public schools and Cabrillo College before transferring to Pacific University Oregon to study Literature. She covers arts and culture, business, nonprofits and agriculture.


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