The Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition has received $225,000 in donations for flood relief, which is nearly all being distributed to individuals and families recovering from the disaster, said chair Faye Chapman. “We can’t thank the community enough for their donations of time and money,” she said.
Laguna Beach resident Ann Quilter, who managed volunteers and personally met with each survivor of the flood to assess their needs, deserves special mention, Chapman said. Mission Hospital and No Square Theatre’s “Maimed, Wet and Muddy” concert raised over $25,000 specifically to help local artists get back on their feet, she said.
The center’s executive director Donna Valenti drafted residents of the homeless shelter to help with moving furniture, cleaning up mud-clogged areas and assisting flood victims. “We worked as many hours as we needed to make sure everyone was taken care of,” said Valenti. “It was a big effort, and I believe the community really made a difference.”