I'm sure you all have seen the images of fire here in Southern California. The images are amazing and the smoke and smell even more so. I know a few people who have lost homes or have damaged homes but thankfully no one I know was injured in the fires!
Erika also has many friends who attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara. The runners there are good friends with the runners at Biola...so when word came that the school was on fire, it really hit home for us. Then word came that the coach from Westmont has lost his house. So, an email was sent to us - as a way to help our friends.
Please read the email that I've copied below and help if you can...
Fire Relief for Westmont College Community
The students, faculty, and staff of Westmont College could certainly use
some immediate help as they rebuild and rebound from the Tea Fire that has
caused considerable damage to their campus and the surrounding community.
In a simple and hopefully effective effort to provide some assistance to
the many in need, we would like to encourage you all to consider either
purchasing a gift card or providing financial assistance to purchasing of
gift cards for these stores - (confirmed to be local and frequented by the
faculty, staff, & students of Westmont College).
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Smart & Final
These timely contributions will then be forward to Coach Russell Smelley
Mail or deliver cards or contributions to:
Coach Jonathan Zimmerman
Biola University -Athletics
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, California 90639-0001
Coach Zimmerman's campus mailbox is in the KHPE Office (For those with
If you would like to donate directly online to the relief fund please see
the information provided below.
Westmont Wildfire Relief Fund
On November 13, 2008, the Santa Barbara Tea fire reached Westmont
college's campus. All Westmont College students, faculty, staff and guests
are safe and well, and most buildings are intact less than 24 hours after
a wildfire raced through campus.
In response to this emergency the college has established a wildfire
relief fund. Those wishing to contribute may do so by making a check
payable to Westmont College and addressed to Westmont College / Wildfire
Relief. Or you may do so [