Benefit held for San Bruno explosion victims

September 19, 2010 7:04:04 PM PDT
11 days after a gas line exploded in San Bruno killing at least four people, residents came together for a day of healing and fundraising.

A benefit concert at Capuchino High School collected donations for victims of the fire and showed support for the entire community. In a community where it seems like everyone knows someone impacted by the explosion, it also seems like just about everyone is ready to help out.

"If it's just getting dunked that gets you back to what it is, then it's a great cause," said dunk tank victim Brian Feldscher.

Whether it is at the dunk tank, a cupcake stand, or by buying one of the San Bruno t-shirts that sold out early, the neighbors say it is time to chip in and help, and to begin healing.

"We will rebuild and we will become again, a city that we want to invite you back to in a couple years from now, when you see where we were and how far we've come," Vice Mayor Rico Medina said.

However, there is still a long road ahead. Construction crews boarded up the final windows in the blast zone Sunday, where the only thing left standing is rubble. 15-year-old Koreena Walsh's close friend was among those who lost their homes. The fundraiser at her high school was her idea.

"People were donating items and money and blood all in the first week, and already it's starting to die down in the news and even in the community people are already starting to say OK well, let's move on to the next big thing, but they're going to need help for months and months to come so, we have to remember to be there for them" she told ABC7.

If victims of the blast were at the event, they did not make their presence known, but they did express their thanks back in the neighborhood with signs displaying appreciation for emergency responders.

All the money collected at the fundraiser will be donated to the local Rotary and Lion's Club, and then distributed to the fire victims who need it most.


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