A fundraiser to help those affected by the Los Osos Vista de Oro disaster takes place Saturday, February 4 at the Grocery Outlet Parking Lot, 1130 Los Osos Valley Road. The Kiwanis Club of Bay-Osos will offer its signature tri-tip sandwich, chips, and soda for sale. All profits will be donated to the GoFundMe campaign started by life long Los Osos resident Diana Hammerlund. Drive thru meals will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Annette Sheely, Kiwanian and a leading volunteer of Los Osos Cares, applauds the help those in need are getting from their neighbors. “The loss to our friends and neighbors is heartbreaking. Some have lost nearly everything and we’re not yet sure when financial resources will be available for recovery,” she said. “The people in this community are compassionate. They supported each other immediately. Within hours of putting out a plea for help on Support Los Osos, around one hundred people were shoveling mud out of homes. Restaurants and loving people brought food for Vista de Oro residents and volunteers. There’s a lot of work ahead but I’m grateful for the various fundraisers being planned. Those will definitely help.”
Kiwanis Club member Annie Wahler takes the lead on this event. “This is what we do as Kiwanians, as human beings; we step up to help our neighbors in their time of need. We can only imagine their struggle, and the pain they are feeling as they pick up the pieces after the Vista de Oro disaster. It is our duty as neighbors to let them know they are not alone, and that we are here to help.”
Kiwanis International is a community service organization. They meet at noon on Wednesdays at the Sea Pines Golf Resort, 1945 Solano Street in Los Osos. Guests are always welcome.