Fundraisers raised money, collected shoes for Valley Fire survivors

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In Santa Rosa, multiple fundraisers were held to collect money, shoes, socks and more for those who lost everything in the Valley Fire. (KGO-TV)

People affected by the Vallejo Fire are getting some much needed new help from the community. At a fundraiser on Wednesday night in Santa Rosa, no one cared about the shoes you wore. It was all about the ones you brought.

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Maria Nersesian filled a laundry basket with pairs plucked from her closet floor to donate to the victims. She said, "I still wish I could do more, we'll find ways to do more."

It was a shared feeling among many people at Sprenger's Tap Room where one of the fundraisers was held.

"We have a lot of employees affected, so we're just trying to give as much as we can," Santa Rosa resident
Melissa Sotak said.

"I have a few friends, it turns out, who've lost their homes and I just wanted to do something to help them out," Kevin Sprenger, the owner of Sprenger's Tap Room.

Fifty percent of sales, 10 percent of tips and 100 percent of physical donations will go to Valley Fire families.

Just a few blocks away, there was another party for the same cause, organized by Carlos Perez who says they raised $35,000.

That money will help folks like Trinity Minty. Her home was destroyed on Cobb Mountain. The past week has been a blur.

"We're just moving forward, dealing with insurance companies and details, a lot of details. I think my husband's been on the phone for about nine days straight," Minty said.

Wednesday night's event though, that was a break from the headache and heartache.

"It's humbling is what it is," Minty said.

If you ask around, you'll hear many say, this is what neighbors are for.

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