Austin Fire Relief
Fire relief updates: Donation drop-off specifics and benefit events
As firefighters continue their specialized efforts in Bastrop, civilian efforts are springing up throughout the city to provide relief to those displaced or now left without their homes. We've compiled some of the ways we recommend offering your services, making your donations or just getting involved in spreading the word.
This is, of course, not an exhaustive list, and we welcome you to join in the dialog to get aid to those who need it.
Major drop-off locations in Austin:
Any fire station in your neighborhood - in need of water, Gatorade and energy/protein bars
UT Campus, Gregory Plaza (2101 Speedway)
Amy's Ice Creams - Super South (3100 South Congress Avenue)
St. Vincent de Paul (1327 South Congress Avenue)
Red 7 (611 East 7th Street)
Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar (1120 South Lamar Boulevard)
Capital Area Food Bank (8201 South Congress Avenue)
Dell Diamond (3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock)
Salt Lick BBQ (18300 FM 1826)
Oasis on Lake Travis (6550 Comanche Trail)
The basics of what to donate:
Canned Foods/Non-Perishables - **Best if brought to area food banks
Clothing (all sizes, new or good condition)
Benefit Events Around Town:
All of the profits from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop (1905 South First Street) will be split between Austin Pets Alive and the Red Cross. Cupcakes, brownies, cookies and cakes all for a good cause.
Kung Fu Saloon (510 Rio Grande Street) announced that all the quarters put into their classic video game machines will be donated to the victims of the fires. So you can put out some video game fires and still help those facing real ones.
Friday and Saturday, all area Walmarts will accept donations on behalf of the Salvation Army and KXAN. Medical and other supplies are welcome in the large donation bins in the front of each store, and online monetary donations can also be made via PayPal on the Salvation Army website anytime.
KVUE is likewise pairing with all Austin-area Randalls Food Stores to raise monetary funds for the Red Cross. Using your Randall's card, you can specify the amount you would like to donate at the register with the rest of your purchases.
Threadgill's World HQ is turning Carter Beckworth's show Friday night into a benefit event. Donations of money or supplies will get you into the show for free as well as an autographed cop of his new record. Other bands will be donating autographed items to the event as well in order to hold an impromptu charity auction.
The Alamo Drafthouse and The Highball will donate 5% of their total food and movie ticket sales from Friday through Sunday to wildfire relief funds. They will also host three free family movies at the Bastrop Opera House on Friday and Saturday evenings for Bastrop residents. Check the website for further details.
From now until Friday, a portion of all in-store and online sales at BookPeople (603 North Lamar) will be donated to the Red Cross as well. Direct monetary donations to the Red Cross are also accepted at the registers.
Bring in any monetary or food donations now thru Sunday to any Strut location and recieve a discount on your purchase. You can get up to 50% off your total purchase with a $10 or larger donation. All monetary donations will go to the Red Cross and food donations will go to the Capital Food Bank.
Molotov Lounge (719 West 6th Street) is hosting a Fire Fundraiser this Friday from 5:30 - 8:30pm. Citizen Generation has set up an evening featuring entertainment by Johnny Bravvo and two complimentary cocktails with a $20 donation. The Calendar Club will be matching the donation, so your efforts will be doubled.
Will Taylor and Strings Attached have organized a Benefit Concert as well at the Nutty Brown Cafe (12225 Hwy 290 West) on Saturday at 9pm. The all-star lineup is growing every day and will play into the night to continue raising funds for the Red Cross. Tickets are a $10 suggested donation as well as any items you can bring from the above list. The Nutty Brown will also be donating 10% of their total sales from that day.
On Sunday, Red Shed Tavern (8504 South Congress Avenue) will be hosting a benefit concert for the folks affected by the fires. Shelley King, Wendy Colona, John Pointer, Mark Allen Atwood, The Chevelles, Ginger Leigh and Will Dunlap have all signed up to perform. The show begins at 8pm and costs $15, all of which will go towards victims of the fire and the Red Cross. Nonperishable donations welcomed as well.
Bella Salon on West 6th Street will be providing free haircuts with every donation made on Sunday between 9am and 9pm. Customers will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, and stylists from surrounding salons will be joining in the haircutting event. The minimum donation is $30 for a shampoo and cut, $50 to throw in a blowdry and style. They will also be collecting clothing, shoes, toys and toiletries at the salon.
Sunday's Fun Fun Fun Fest's Water Olympics at Fiesta Gardens will also be a donation spot for fire relief efforts. Throughout the day, this free event will feature water sports and games, and your donations or available items will help meet the needs of families missing out on the fun this year.
Austin Pets Alive is taking in pets from the Williamson County Animal Shelter and are in desperate need of canned food donations, cleaning supplies, medical supplies and volunteers at their 2807 Manchaca location. If you have the time to help these wonderful folks, they can repay you with puppy kisses.