As first responders in our community, the Mountain View Fire Department is sometimes exposed to heartbreaking situations. Several firefighters from Station #1, Mike Quan and Jenna Graham, told me about some tragic situations that they’ve witnessed as they responded to 911 calls where local families really needed a helping hand. Some of the firefighters went around to all of the fire stations in Mountain View and asked their colleagues for donations so they could help in these situations.
One of the first times this happened was when a girl fell off her scooter and knocked out her front teeth. As they responded to the home, they noticed there was absolutely no food in the house. Apparently you’re supposed to put teeth in a glass of milk and take them to the hospital with the injured person, but this family had no food at all, much less a carton of milk. Another time someone desperately needed a wheelchair and a ramp built so they could get in and out of their home.
As a result of situations like those, our firefighters started a non-profit, Random Acts, so now they have an official means to help families or individuals who may need it. They saw a program very similar happening in Oakland, which was successful, so they cloned it here in Mountain View. I feel so fortunate to live in a community where the fire department cares so deeply about helping the underserved and I’m sure that there are plenty of people that fall into this category.
Random Acts first fundraising event is a fun run, Mountain View Fire Drill, happening on February 20, 2016. 100% of the proceeds will go straight into the fund that will do good deeds for people who need help in Mountain View. You can do a 5k or a 10k, walk or run, whatever makes you happy. Sign up here and get an awesome tee shirt. Thank you to the wonderful sponsors who are helping make this amazing event happen.
There are two different maps posted here, one for the 5k and one for the 10k. Everyone will meet in Lot E. That’s on the righthand side as soon as you pass through the front gate and enter the park. Check out the tee shirt that you’ll get on the day of the run! It’s bound to be a favorite in your closet since it’s from the first Fire Drill run ever. Wonderful job to our local firefighters for creating Random Acts, for planning this fun run, and for caring so much for those that need help. See you at Shoreline Park on February 20th! I love Mountain View.