Feeding Those In Need In Montecito

$33,958 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 320 people in 13 months
Created January 9, 2018
Cover photo used by permission of © Paul Wellman/ Santa Barbara Independent

Please help us at Village Cheese and Wine of Montecito by making a contribution to help us continue to provide food and support for the Montecito Fire, Police, Emergency Service and First Responder personnel, Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, residents and community
as they do the unbearable tasks ahead and to rebuild the community of Montecito, CA

100% of what's raised will be used to continue to keep operations at the shop up so we can keep providing free food and supplies for the coming weeks. The steward of the funds is the late John Braid's son Patrick Braid, owner of Village Cheese and Wine of Montecito, CA.

Our hearts are stricken with sadness for the ones we have lost and for the ones that are still unaccounted for. These are unprecedented times.

The work continues to move forward. The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade has been growing stronger each week With the increase of volunteers, the need to feed the roster has increased with it. With your contriibutions, Village Cheese and Wine has been able to scale with the needs. Thank you! The store is still providing free food to the community and has been a staple for the community. 

The recovery efforts of Montecito still continue as the roads are now open to almost everywhere in the city. Now the community are returning to their homes to discover just how bad the deviation is. Many homes are completely gone! It's terrible. For the homes that are still standing, these homes still aren't accessible to their owners, because there's still a lot of debris and mud to clear out and remove. Patrick Braid and the Village Cheese and Wine crew (many amazing volunteers too) have teamed up with the Abe Powell the Chief of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to help feed the Bucket Brigade volunteers and the home owners as they work tirelessly to manually dig out the homes. This work is removing the debris (trees, rocks, boulders, tons of household items, etc) along with the mud by hand with shovels and wheel barrels. 

So along with providing food and supplies for the beloved Montecito community, there's more mouths to feed as the volunteers of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade come in to help. Abe Powell Chief of Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade estimates they're going to need 2000 more volunteers over the next two months to step in and help. 

Here's Abe Powell explaining to Patrick Braid what the Bucket Brigade is and what they're able to do for home owners. It's truly amazing! 

To volunteer yourself contact the Brigade at teafirerelief@gmail.com with "VOLUNTEER" in the Subject line

Charmaine Fajardo, Robin Himovitz and Ann-Marie Cepkauskas ride along with Patrick Braid from Village Cheese and Wine Store in Montecito,CA. CHP and the Santa Barbara Sherriff's Dept team up with them to distribute food and water to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade and the Victims of the horrific Thomas Fire/Montecito Mudslides.

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade!  

It's been a tradition for the 6th Grade class of Montecito Union School to visit Village Cheese and WIne Store to pick up candy and snacks after school each Friday afternoon. This is the first time the students have had a chance to carry on their tradition since the Montecito Mudslides. A truly joyous occasion!

Patrick Braid takes a few moments to show us what it's like in the shop today. 

Patrick Braid delivers more free food to those in need for Village Cheese and Wine Store of Montecito, CA.
Jonathan Allcock and Bradly reunite and Jonathan shares his account of the Montecito Mudslides.


Patrick Braid of Village Cheese and Wine tore of Montecito, CA shares an update of the progress of repair of the devastation caused by the Thomas Fires and the mudslides

1/20/18 Some photo from behind the scene https://photos.app.goo.gl/KM9pyDrsdTwFoOqb2

County Supervisor Das Williams and Ellen Degeneres discuss Montecito 

1/16/18 https://youtu.be/hukjO3MiRio


I'm Neil Lund and I manage Village Cheese and Wine Store social media. Patrick asked me to start this campaign on his behalf as he is too busy helping the people on the ground to manage this with updates.  

Patrick has share with me serveral stories of whats happened and it's bad, really bad. The community has lost so many family and friends.  100's of homes are destroyed and they still don't know the full extent of the damages and losses.
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The work of feeding the volunteers of Montecito continues. Help California has partnered with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to continue the work of carefully and safely removing the debris from homes this week. We Thank all of you for your contribution and service!

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The work continues to move forward. The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade has been growing stronger each week with the increase of volunteers, the need to feed the roster has increased with it. With your contriibutions, Village Cheese and Wine has been able to scale with the needs along with the help of many other restaurants and volunteers in the Montecito community. The store is still providing free food throughout the week. Here's a sneak peak behinds the scene of last week's Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade huddle up. Just some of the hundreds of volunteers that you guys helped feed last weekend. Thank you for your contributions and your efforts to help share the story of Montecito and it's road to recovery. Official schedule for anyone looking to volunteer for the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade is as follows FRIDAY 2/9/18: 9 AM to 3 PM SATURDAY 2/10/18: 9 AM to 3 PM SUNDAY 2/11/18 9 AM to 3pm meet at the Incident Command Center in Lower Manning park in Montecito. Please EMAIL your availability to teafirerelief@gmail.com as follows:
In the SUBJECT line of the email please write the day/days you can work this weekend. If you want to work Friday, write FRIDAY in the subject line. If you want to work Saturday, write SATURDAY in the subject line. If you want to work Sunday, write SUNDAY in the subject line. If you want to work Saturday AND Sunday, write WEEKEND in the subject line.
IF YOU WANT TO WORK ALL THREE DAYS - please write HEAVY JUMBO in the subject line.
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As the weekend rolls into a new week, sweat, tears, smiles, hugs, laughter, stories, old friendships reunite and new friendships start a new, the community is getting stronger by the day. The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade has helped several home owners get into their homes to gather some of their lost keepsakes, but most are lost forever. The overwhelming feelings of unity has swept across the city of Montecito. Tens of thousands of meals have been given to the residents and volunteers by the community and plans to continue to work together as a community of amazing volunteers and residents to make Montecito even better than it was before have been forged. There is a light at the end of this tunnel and more are starting to see it. There is still a long way to go and a lot of work still yet to do. "I have to volunteer, because it's the only way I know how to heal from this disaster" ~ anonymous resident/volunteer
Sundays Volunteers at Village Cheese and Wine Store in Montecito
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Ellen Degeneres popped into the shop today! She's been doing so much good in the world, inspiring so many to so many good things! It was awesome that we were lucky enough to have her show up too!

"Thank you Ellen for stopping by to say hi and for the kind words of support & encouragement " - Patrick Braid and Crew.

Editorial correction from my last post about the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade age requirement. The minimum age is 18, not 16. I apologize to those who were turned away due to my error. Thanks for your willingness nonetheless! - Neil Lund
Patrick Braid, Victoria Delgado, Kelly Stanford & Ellen Degeneres
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Raised by 320 people in 13 months
Created January 9, 2018
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