San Ramon woman collects homecoming dance outfits for Valley Fire victims

Friday, October 16, 2015
Homecoming outfits collected for Valley Fire victims
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It didn't take long watching all the images of the Valley Fire on TV for a San Ramon woman to see a need and want to fill it. Nancy Rosenblum has collected dresses, shoes, and purses so Middletown High School students affected by the Valley Fire have a perfect outfit for the homecoming dance.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (KGO) -- Wildfires devastated people living in Lake County this year, where more than 1,200 homes were destroyed. But it's done even more damage than that, and one San Ramon woman is taking action to step up to help.

It didn't take long watching all the images of the Valley Fire on TV for Nancy Rosenblum to see a need and want to fill it.

She explains, "I said, 'Are you still going to have a homecoming?' And they said, 'Yeah it's been postponed.' I said, 'I want to do the dresses.'"

Despite the devastation around it, Middletown High School survived mostly intact. But many students lost their homes and all their belongings, including the dresses they planned to wear to the homecoming dance that was canceled in the wake of the fire.

"I have dresses with tags still on them, I've got short dresses, I've got long formals," said Rosenblum.

The dance has been rescheduled to Nov. 8. And this Saturday, Rosenblum will bring more than 150 donated dresses to Middletown High for the girls who need them. There are also shoes, purses, and makeup, all donated by the community.

"Forty dresses here, 30 dresses there, it's just daily that they're coming in and I'm still getting calls," she said.

Nick Rosenblum added, "It's going to be really cool to go up there and help out all these girls. Let them have a great night."

A night of great memories; at least one night to push aside all those thoughts of all they lost.

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