November 29, 2017

Experience the Joy of Giving - Bridge District Celebrates Strength in Community and Supports North Bay Fire Relief

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is showing support this holiday season to all of the communities affected by the devastating 2017 North Bay fires. Our holiday bus theme this year is Strength in Community.

We invite members of the community to experience the joy of giving by donating to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund which was created by Redwood Credit Union in partnership with The Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire. The fund has currently raised nearly $23 million to assist fire victims and aid relief efforts. One hundred percent of tax-deductible donations go directly to support those affected. When you donate, you can choose to support any of the four counties affected: Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, or Lake. Or, you may designate “all” and your funds will be distributed equitably among all four counties. Visit the fund website for more details and to donate.

Our holiday bus – complete with snowflakes, twinkling stars, and a Golden Gate Bridge snow globe - will make an appearance at the downtown Santa Rosa SMART train station on Saturday, December 9 from 10:30am to Noon to support SMART's Holiday Express Toy Drive. Help us make the holidays special for children in need and drop off unwrapped toys and gift cards. Donations will be distributed to Toys for Tots and other nonprofit organizations in Sonoma and Marin Counties serving children impacted by the North Bay fires. The Santa Rosa downtown SMART station is located at 7 Fourth Street. Visit SMART's website for more information on their toy drive.

The holiday bus will be assigned to various bus routes through January 2018. Keep your eyes open for it. We always appreciate shared photos showing the bus in action via social media.

The District is also supporting the United Ways’ Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund. Happy Holidays from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District!