Wildfires have been ravaging California this last week, with 11,000 firefighters now battling "one of the greatest tragedies" to ever strike the state. Despite their best efforts, the fifteen major fires have killed at least 41 people, scorched over 217,000 acres and destroyed 5,700 structures.
Loren Smith, 9, was one of those to lose his home in Santa Rosa. And along with his home, he also lost his vast collection of Oakland Athletics basketball memorabilia.
So he decided to ask for some help. Loren wrote a letter to Oakland Athletics, asking for help replacing his collection. It was quickly posted to Twitter by ABC7 journalist Katie Utehs.
As well as Utehs' colleague, Melanie Woodrow.
Fellow fans jumped at the opportunity to help.
I have some As bobble heads I would love to give this kid.— Michael (@SFUnite_N_Cali) October 15, 2017
Dm me an address im a cubs fan but ive got some cool rickey Henderson baseball cards id like to give— joel rainer (@RainerJoel) October 15, 2017
I have as many A’s baseball cards as he can handle, where can I send them?— Brett Matthews (@Bretthews80) October 15, 2017
My son has boxes & boxes of As cards & would love to bring them to him,we are in SoBay, please connect me with parents— Sparkly Flitter (@nancyann1968) October 15, 2017
I have a signed ball I’m happy to contribute. Also happy to send the family to a game next season.— Jays Fan Jordan (@JaysFanJordan) October 15, 2017
As did former A's star Dan Haren.
And current president of the team, Dave Kaval.
And the team's official Twitter account.
What an awesome gesture.