Call to Action: San Bruno Fire

Updated 9.14.10 8:20 AM PST: Here is a list of recommended organizations you may wish to support with your clothing and toiletry donations. These organizations work everyday to fight poverty and homelessness in San Mateo,  Santa Clara, and San Francisco counties.

Updated 9.13.10 4:06 PM PST: For details on the donations we have received thus far, please check out this post. Thank you to our drop bin partners, Natural ResourcesJunior Gym, andCubes and Crayons for supporting this drive. Please check them out and support local family friendly business!

Please also note, although we can no longer accept clothing and other supplies, we will continue to accept ongoing diaper/pull ups donations for our diaper bank at the above establishments.

Updated 9.13.10 3:14 PM PST: Due to overwhelming response this weekend we are halting the donation drive effective immediately. We will post details shortly. Thank you all for your support!

Updated 9.11.10 6:30pm PST: We are currently assessing the most direct and effective distribution channel of HAMO donations to families of the San Bruno fire. We share many of our supporters’ concerns about donated items possibly not being offered to families, and we are doing our due diligence to ensure this is not the case. We will keep you updated with details in the upcoming days. Thanks for supporting this drive!

Updated 9.10.10 6pm PST: Just heard word that the Rec Center is currently directing donations to the local Salvation Army. Check out City of San Bruno’s website for up to date information to donate directly in San Bruno.

Up to date information can also be found on ABC7.

Updated: 9.10.10 Noon PST – Christine from Bayview just dropped of 6000 diapers to the Rec Ctr. When the volunteers heard we had Size 5 they ran to the truck!

HAMO diapers and other essentials are currently en route to the San Bruno Recreation Center and two local churches that are sheltering victims of the San Bruno fire. We are partnering up with our friends from the Bayview Mission to get these items to San Bruno residents this morning.


We’re hosting a mini donation drive in the immediate San Francisco area through September 20th.

Items we are collecting:

  • Diapers and Pull Ups (all sizes) – high need
  • New baby wipes
  • New underwear (children, women, men)
  • Baby formula
  • Gently used, freshly laundered children’s clothing (ages 0-5 especially) Please ONLY donate clothing items that you would use personally for yourself or your family. No stains or rips, please.

Items no longer needed Updated 9.11.10:

  • Travel toiletries
  • Towels
  • Women and men’s clothing
  • Feminine hygiene products

Drop off donations c/o HAMO at:

Natural Resources: 1367 Valencia St. (at 25th St.), SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 (Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 11-7 Fri & Sat 11-6 Sun 11-5)

Junior Gym ~ 101 South B Street, SAN MATEO, CA 94401 (Hours of Operation vary. Refer to online schedule for hours)

Cubes & Crayons ~ 154 E. Dana Street MOUNTAIN VIEW 94309 (Hours of Operation vary.  C&C is open M-F ONLY. Refer to online schedule for hours.)


HAMO Contact: lisa (at)