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Saving the 707

November 29, 2017

Even after making it to the Major League, local and national celebrity baseball star Johnny Gomes still feels strong ties to his hometown, involving himself in a plethora of local organizations. Gomes, whose family was evacuated during the recent fire in Sonoma County, started a GoFundMe as part of an immediate relief effort.

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En la madrugada del lunes 9 de octubre, las llamas envolvieron millas de los condados de Sonoma y Napa. A medida que los edificios históricos y los vecindarios fueron destruidos, miles de residentes tuvieron que evacuar sus casas y abandonar sus pertenencias en cuestión de minutos para salvar sus vidas. Huyeron a varios centros de evacuación en áreas seguras, muchos de los cuales estaban en Petaluma, buscando refugio de los estragos. Inicialmente escasos en suministros, los centros se inundaron rápidamente con innumerables suministros y voluntarios.

   Uno de los voluntarios más prominentes ha sido la estrella de béisbol local y nacionalmente Johnny Gomes, quien es conocido por inscribir sus zapatos y guantes con “707” para mostrar que es el orgullo local. Gomes creció en Petaluma y atendió a nuestra escuela y al Santa Rosa Junior College antes de ser reclutado para los Devil Rays de Tampa Bay en el 2001. Incluso después de llegar a la “liga mayor”, Gomes todavía mantiene una conexión íntima con su ciudad natal, involucrándose en una plétora de organizaciones locales, desde patrocinar equipos locales de Pequeñas Ligas hasta ayudar con “Campamento para una Cura y hasta para estar activo con organizaciones benéficas militares. Habla de cómo estaba decidido a usar su éxito para ayudar a la comunidad donde creció.

   “Mi infancia no era una cerca blanca, [no] teníamos mucho dinero y necesitábamos mucha ayuda. Siempre hice un pacto y un compromiso con respecto a dónde si alguna vez estuviese en una situación para retribuir: hazlo “, dijo Gomes.

     La mayoría de los de Petaluma se vieron afectados por el incendio, ya sea a través de familiares o amigos que perdieron sus casas o mediante de la donación de su tiempo, suministros de repuesto y dormitorios adicionales a los necesitados. Gomes, que tenía familiares que fueron evacuados, decidió crear un GoFundMe como parte de un esfuerzo de alivio inmediato, y él habla sobre dónde va ir el dinero.

    “Cuando el fuego estaba ardiendo, comencé el GoFundMe. La gente quiere algo propio, así que mi objetivo final es conseguir dinero y convertirlo en tarjetas de regalo. Al fin y al cabo, indiferentemente de cuanto recaudo, lo considero un añadido. . . Ya sea que recaude dinero para ayudar a una familia, o si recauda suficiente dinero para ayudar a tantos como pueda, al final del día estamos “en el verde”, dijo Gomes.

   Al final del día, el condado de Sonoma se unió para demostrar su fortaleza, como se exhibe en su lema “Sonoma Country Strong”. La profesora de Interacción Humana Lynne Moquete comenta sobre su definición personal de esta frase.

   “Es este lugar que vivimos que está lleno de gente increíble, haciendo un trabajo increíble, apoyándose mutuamente y trabajando en colaboración. . . eso es lo que significa Sonoma County Strong “, dijo Moquete.

   Si desea hacer una contribución a la recaudación de fondos de Gomes, escriba este enlace en su motor de búsqueda: https://www.gofundme.com/707Relief. Para comprar una de sus camisetas “Strong 707 Together”, use este enlace: https://sosojelly.com/collections/northern-ca-fire-relief-w-jonny-gomes.

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    In English

    In the early morning on Monday October ninth, flames engulfed miles of the Sonoma and Napa counties. As historic buildings were destroyed and neighborhoods were cleared out, thousands of residents had to evacuate their homes and abandon their belongings in a matter of minutes to save their lives. They fled to various evacuation centers in safe areas, many of which were in Petaluma, seeking refuge from the havoc. Initially sparse in supplies, the centers were quickly flooded with countless donations and volunteers.

       One of the most prominent volunteers has been local and national celebrity baseball star Johnny Gomes, who is known for inscribing his cleats and gloves with “707” to show communtiy pride. Gomes grew up in Petaluma and attended both our school and the Santa Rosa Junior College before being drafted to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2001. Even after making it to the “major league,” Gomes still feels strong ties to his hometown, involving himself in a plethora of other local organizations – from sponsoring local Little League teams and helping with Camp for a Cure to being active with military charities. He discussesdhow he was determined to use his success to aid the community where he grew up.

     “My childhood wasn’t white picket fence, [we] didn’t have a lot of money and needed a lot of help. I always made a pact and a commitment to where if I was ever in a situation to give back: do it,” said Gomes.

       Most Petalumans were in some way affected by the fire, be it through family or friends who lost their houses or through donating their time spare supplies, and extra bedrooms to those in need. Gomes, who had family that were evacuated, decided to create a GoFundMe as part of an immediate relief effort, and he talks about where the money is going.

       “When the fire was raging, I started the GoFundMe. People want something of their own, so my final goal is to get a bunch of money and convert it into gift cards. At the end of the day, [no matter] how much I raise, I just look at it as a plus . . . Whether I raise money to help one family, or whether I raise enough money to help as many as I can, at the end of the day we are “in the green,” said Gomes.

       At the end of the day, Sonoma County has come together to show their strength, as exhibited in their motto “Sonoma Country Strong.” Human Interaction teacher Lynne Moquete comments on her personal definition of this phrase.

      “It’s this place that we live that is filled with amazing people, doing amazing work, supporting each other and working in collaboration . . . that’s what Sonoma County Strong means,” said Moquete.

      If you would like to make a contribution to Gomes’ fundraiser, type this link into your search engine: https://www.gofundme.com/707Relief. To purchase one of his “Strong 707 Together” t-shirts, use this link: https://sosojelly.com/collections/northern-ca-fire-relief-w-jonny-gomes.

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