Grooms & Horsemen affected by FIRES

Dear Friends,

We are organizing and encouraging donations to help affected grooms and horseman who lost so much in the San Luis Rey Fire and the Creek Fire here in Southern California.  With the funds we will purchase the necessary items to create personal hygiene kits for people, things you use every day that they no longer have.

We at Brookway Stables were affected by the Creek Fire - we were forced to evacuate early Tuesday morning December 5th .  By some small miracle, our main barn was saved and we will be able at some point to return.  Others in our neighbohood were not so lucky, they lost everything.  Then only 2 days later we watched the horrific events of the Lilac fire at San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall, just north of San Diego.  We feel fortunate that we were mostly displaced, where our fellow horseman lost everything.  This compelled us to band together and do our part to help, even if it's small, every little bit helps.

If you are local, feel free to shop for your own donations and deliver them to us:

Archie Cox & Jorge Hidalgo
Middle Ranch
11700 North Little Tujunga Canyon Road
Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Send a private message if you plan to deliver so we keep on the lookout.   In addition, we will be sending some of the money raised to the local feed stores who are already setup in providing hay, feed and bedding to those displaced animals should we get enough donations.  We will continue to distribute in the coming weeks as we get donations.

Hygiene Kit Items include:
Bars of Soap
Shaving cream
Topical meds for minor burns
Small packets of Kleenex
Cough Drops
Eye Wash
Small flashlight
Laundry detergent

Additional items for drop off:
Clothing  (baseball caps, socks, underwear, t-shirts, working gloves, sweatshirts, jeans)

Mini Fridges
Microwaves (small)

Sleeping bags/bedding/pillows/ towels

We will be funding the above with the money you so generously donate.  We will keep everyone informed along the way of how much of the funds were used for relief for both fires and the various grooms and horsemen that we have helped.  We will pay for these supplies directly, then reimburse ourselves by withdrawing from this account - we will supply all of the receipts and recap to everyone where the money has been spent and how much for each thing we do/support.  

I will personally withdrawl the funds and reimburse anyone on the team who has a receipt for the items we agree as a group to purchase and deliver.  We are divinding a conquering getting things done in a timely fashion.  A running spreadsheet of money that has been spent and where it went will keep everyone informed.

In an effort to help where messages and information get buried in posts, here are phone numbers for feed stores in Del Mar area who already have a system in place for delivery of hay, grain and bedding- easy to call them directly and contribute.

Mary’s Tack and Feed:  [phone redacted]

Carter's Hay and Grain: 760-436-4738

Thank you for trusting us to help our fellow grooms and horsemen in need after both of these horific events.


The Brookway Gang
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Virginia Fout 
Los Angeles, CA
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