The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) are leading an online donation effort now through May 19 and a collection of items at Dodger Stadium Thursday, May 15 in support of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. The Mission experienced a devastating fire earlier this month. Damage sustained included the destruction of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission's emergency shelter, vehicle fleet, clothing warehouse and food pantry which were vital in aiding those of need in the San Fernando Valley. The Dodgers and LADF invite fans to donate monetary gifts now by visiting www.dodgers.com/ladf. All donations received this week will go directly to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Fans are also invited to drive through Dodger Stadium Thursday, May 15 from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Lot 1 to drop off donations.
Additionally, more than 15 families affected by the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission fire will attend Wednesday's game (7:10 p.m. vs. Miami) courtesy of the Dodgers. One of the young children affected by the fire lost his favorite Dodger blanket and the Dodgers will be providing him along with all families in attendance with new Dodger blankets. Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department will also be collecting monetary donations during Wednesday's game and at Thursday's collection event.
"The Dodger community spans far and wide and we feel strongly about the unfortunate circumstances affecting our neighbors at the San Fernando Valley Mission," said Dodger Senior Vice President External Affairs Renata Simril. "We invite all Dodger fans to lend a helping hand to the Mission while they attend any of our games against Miami or by stopping by this Thursday."
On Thursday, the Dodgers will be joined by members of the Dodger Alumni League, Dodger wives, staff from City Council Offices as well as the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in their collection of items for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. The Dodgers and LADF suggest donations of new or gently-worn clothing and shoes, new or used blankets, bedding and towels, toiletries, baby items and canned and dry food items.
"The Dodgers are not only our city's top-notch baseball team, but a generous community partner," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, District 2. "The moment the Dodgers heard about the terrible loss suffered by the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and the families it serves, they offered to step up and help Rescue the Mission. I urge everyone to follow the Dodgers' lead this week by donating money, clothing and personal items in whatever amount possible."
"They are not only replacing William's blanket, they have invited our families to enjoy a Dodger game and are helping us Rescue the Mission," added Wade Trimmer, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Executive Director. "Their generosity and support is helping us get though a tough time and they are definitely our heroes in blue."
"The response and recovery efforts by the City and the community in the wake of this devastating fire have been outstanding and heartwarming," said Interim Los Angeles Fire Chief James G. Featherstone. "The men and women of the LAFD are honored to join the Dodgers and our City leaders in the ongoing recovery efforts of a facility that serves a vital need in the San Fernando Valley."