San Jose, CA- The San Jose Giants in conjunction with the city of San Jose and Silicon Valley Community Foundation are offering a way for the community to aid in providing relief for victims impacted by the recent flooding in San Jose. Thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes because of unprecedented rainfall this month and subsequent severe flooding. Over 400 people have been rescued via boat as water levels reached several feet deep. Complete assessment of damage has yet to be determined, however it is certain that many families will need aid and relief in the weeks and months ahead.
The San Jose Giants are calling for community support and generous contributions for the recent flood victims. Donations can be made to the through Silicon Valley Community Foundation: San Jose Flood Relief Fund. These donations will go towards administering relief for families most in need. Families in the Franklin McKinley School District have been hit especially hard. Gift cards for clothing and food to the Franklin McKinley School District can be sent or delivered to 645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose CA, 95112, c/o Student Wellness and Support Services Office. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to assist these hurting families.
"As a proud member of the San Jose community, we deeply empathize with the flood victims and their families," said Juliana Paoli, Senior VP of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer. "We applaud our friends at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and are determined to do all we can to provide relief for those in need."
The San Jose Giants fan-favorite mascot, Gigante, made a community appearance at the emergency shelter at James Lick High School for the victims of the flooding. The Giants also donated shirts to families in need of fresh clothing at the shelter. In addition, at the San Jose Giants home opener on Thursday, April 13, the organization will be offering fans the opportunity to donate or to "round-up" on their purchases at the ballpark, with the remaining balance to be donated to Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
For the latest updates, news and information, residents should go to the City of San Jose Emergency Services.
The City of San Jose, led by the offices of Mayor Sam Liccardo, District Three Councilmember Raul Peralez and District Seven Councilmember Tam Ngyuen, will be organizing neighborhood cleanups in the impacted neighborhoods by mucking out houses, garages and streets and moving unusable items to city dumpsters. Volunteers will be sent to sites from the Roosevelt Park parking lot after checking in and receiving a brief orientation. Thanks to Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition for their assistance in coordinating these volunteer efforts. Volunteers can sign-up here.
- Dates: February 24 and February 25
- Check in Location: Roosevelt Park parking lot at 901 E Santa Clara St. Park, San Jose, CA 95116
- Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- Volunteer Information: Wear heavy duty gloves and closed-toed, water-resistant shoes
Additionally, our partner, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, is requesting support for the animals and keepers who were impacted by the flood. Happy Hollow anticipates a number of expenses resulting from the flood. Donations can be made through the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo website.
San Jose State Baseball games have been cancelled through Monday, February 27, 2017 at Municipal Stadium. Please visit the San Jose State Baseball website for updated information.