Santa Maria - North County

'One Nation 805' helping victims of the Thomas Fire in Ventura

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - One Nation 805, a Santa Maria non-profit, is stepping up to the plate to help people affected by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

Parts of the county look like a raging inferno. Flames from the Thomas Fire continue to leave behind a path of destruction.

As people try to make sense of it all, One Nation 805, in Santa Maria wants to make sure they don’t feel alone.

"In situations like this we need to come together no matter where we are located,” said Stephanie Hernandez, One Nation 805 member. 

The non-profit group isn’t shy to show their love for the silver and black, cheering "Raiders, Raiders,” in one Facebook video. 

They are equally as passionate about giving back to the community.

"People will be able to drive through and we will help with any donations you have,” said Hernandez. 

One Nation 805 is teaming up with Rancho Bowl and Lounge to collect donations on Thursday night. They're using social media to spread their message.

"We are happy to be here and help in any way we can,” said Chad Vallejo, Marketing Director for Rancho Bowl and Lounge. 

Every donation will go directly to people affected by the fire.

"Water bottles, toothbrushes, toothpaste, formula, clothing any age, shoes, non-perishable food,” said Hernandez. 

Hernandez says no matter the distance between Santa Maria and Ventura, it’s all about neighbors helping neighbors.

"It's unfortunate especially towards the holiday a lot of people are affected,” said Vallejo. 

From 5 to 9 p.m. people will be able to drop off their items right in front of Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria. 

The group will then drive down Friday morning to communities that are affected.

"When you are down like that you and think the worst has happened to you, any support, whether locally or far away, helps to bring a person’s mentality up,” added Vallejo. 


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