Santa Rosa residents hold 'free garage sale' for North Bay fire survivors

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Rosa residents are holding a city-wide garage sale for North Bay Fire survivors. The big selling point is that all of the items are free.

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"I bet every house in Santa Rosa that survived this has things that we could help those in need," said Diane Madero, Santa Rosa resident and garage "sale" organizer.
Madero's home was spared in the fires. She had to evacuate and it made her reflect upon the number of household things people lost, not just the houses.

"My home is full of 40 years of buying and collecting and I thought 'How would anybody where would you even start?" Madero noted.

She put the idea out to a few people and several women started organizing.

"To me it was easy it was the least we can do," said Santa Rosa resident Monica Vincent.

Now hundreds are participating.

"I've probably put in 50 miles in my neighborhood walking around telling neighbors handing out flyers," said Madero.

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She's collected new and gently used items, but Madero would like to make the experience retail like. She's asking for volunteers to donate tables to set-up and shopping bags.

Neighborhoods all over the Santa Rosa area will have giveaways: Junior College, Montgomery Village, Saint Frances Acres, Bennet Valley, Windsor, and Rincon Valley.

The women realize that people are living in temporary housing or hotels without much storage. But, they're hoping people will take items that are comforting.

"Something to make you feel like you have a home, you know, even art. We have people that have donated art," said Vincent.

They plan to do this again once homes are rebuilt. The event is from 9 to 2 Saturday and will be based on an honor system that people are actually fire survivors.

Click here to view a map of the garage sale locations. The pins indicate where you can find your free items.

Here's a complete list of the addresses participating in the free garage sale. If there's no city next to them -- that means the addresses are in Santa Rosa:

Alderbrook Drive, off Sonoma Avenue

Arista Lane near Pascal Street

Ashbury Avenue, off Vallejo Strret

Baja Court, off Monte Verde Drive

Beachwood Drive at Inglewood Drive

Beaver Street

Benton Street, between Glenn and Morgan

Bonnie Lane, off Bonita Vista

Brush Creek Road at Sonoma Highway

California Avenue near Parker Drive

Canyon and St. Mary's Drive

Carriage Lane at Firelight Drive

Casa de Arroyo Drive, off Casa Grande Drive in Petaluma

3600 Chanate Road

Clark Street

Crest Drive, off Franklin Avenue

Decker Street

Doyle Park Drive, north of Montgomery Drive

Estes Drive, near Badger Road

Evergreen Road, off Creekside Road

Fir Drive, off Creekside Road

Fitzpatrick Court, off Chanate Road

Grand Avenue, near Milton Street

3524 Hacienda Drive, off Jacqueline Drive

Hemlock Street, off Dogwood Drive near Coffey Park

Humboldt Street near Lewis Road

Humboldt Street near Silva Avenue

Jack London Drive near Hansen Drive

Jean Drive, off Montgomery Drive

Kawana Springs Road near Colgan Park

Kieran Court, off Newanga Avenue

Lomitas Ave and Lomitas Lane

423 Lomitas Lane

Loretta Way and Mary Street in the mobile home park near Piner Road and Range Avenue

912 Louisa Court

Lurline Way, off Hacienda Drive and Jacqueline Drive

Marigold Lane, off Firelight Drive

Marshall Drive, off Jack London Drive

2029 Midway Drive

696 Natalie Dr., in Windsor

Northstar Drive, off Sonoma Mountain Parkway in Petaluma

Orchard Street, off Spencer Avenue

1536 Parker Drive

Piner Road near Peterson Way

Poppy Drive, off Franklin Avenue

Princeton Drive, off Yulupa Avenue

Putney Dr, off West College Avenue

Rick Drive, off Badger Road

Robin Hood Lane, between Sherwood Drive and Shortt Road

San Miguel Avenue, west of the railroad tracks

Siesta Lane, off Paloma Avenue

Silva Avenue

Spencer Avenue, between North and Wright streets

Stewart Street, between Spencer and Pacific avenues

Talbot Avenue, 303 and a second location

Vallejo Street, near Doyle Park

Verbena Drive, off Honeysuckle Drive

West Third Street, between Stony Point Road and Dutton Avenue

Westwood Drive, near Olive Avenue in Novato

Wheeler Street, off S. E Street

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