Front line healthcare workers, nurses, and first responders throughout Santa Barbara got a sweet surprise this week when One805, our public charity supporting first responders of local fire, police, and sheriff departments, went all around town delivering 180 bouquets of roses donated by Blooming Emotions to thank those who take care of us but can’t work from home. Volunteers of One805 met at their downtown office to receive and deliver the beautiful arrangements to surprised fire fighters, police departments, nurses, and healthcare workers and put smiles on their faces. One misty eyed nurse at Sansum Medical Clinic responded, “wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve received a dozen roses, thank you for bringing us some sunshine.”
One805 was formed in response to the Thomas Fire and deadly Montecito Mudflow to create a way for all members of our community to join and thank first responders for their hard work at keeping our community safe and responding to protect us in times of extreme danger. The organization is best known for its benefit concert following the disasters. The Kick Ash Bash featured local celebrities including Katy Perry, Alan Parsons, Ellen Degeneres, Dennis Miller, Jeff Bridges, Kenny Loggins, Jane Seymour, Dishwalla, Richard Marx, Wilson Phillips, Catherine McPhee, David Foster, Steve Van, Glen Phillips, Iration, the Sisterhood band, and more. Videos from Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Pink also played at the event which raised close to $2 million for emergency equipment and counseling services that were provided to fire, police, and sheriff departments throughout Santa Barbara County. “We are the only organization that supports multiple first responder agencies and our advisory committee, which helps direct donations to where they are most needed, is comprised of the department heads of 11 separate first responder agencies from Carpinteria to Santa Maria and throughout the county,” explains John Thyne a founding board member. One805 had planned another benefit concert for Memorial Day weekend that has been delayed due to the coronavirus but they intend to organize a safe replacement event for local citizens to show their support.
“I am so proud to work with this organization that has a direct local impact for our first responders, their families, and our overall community” says Executive Director Angela Binetti Schmidt who truly believes in the cause as she is the wife of a first responder herself. She continues, “we established an emergency Twitter feed to consolidate messages from several agencies during disasters and we work on community preparedness as well as honoring our first responders. We make it easy for every citizen to join the group.” One805’s slogan is Prepare, Equip, Support and they do all three. When One805 received this large floral donation specifically for first responders and healthcare workers, they jumped into action and organized a group to quickly deliver them personally. “Seeing how happy these flowers made our first responders shows me how important One805’s mission is” commented volunteer Marietta Jablonka.
To learn more about One805 please follow them on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website at www.one805.org.