As our area is faced with ongoing changes due to a growing pandemic, we are bringing stories of people doing good in the community during a time of uncertainty.
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DA's Jump In
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley and members of her office volunteered at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
They formed an assembly line and packed emergency food boxes for people in the community.
Dudley said her mission is public safety, and people can't be safe if they are hungry.
She's also concerned about the rise of 'in-home' crimes during the pandemic, including domestic violence, child, elder and animal abuse.
Dudley and her crew also placed flyers both in English and Spanish inside every food box with instructions about how to ask for help.
Dudley said, "We want to hear from you. Even though you are out of sight, you are not out of our hearts and minds."
The 24/7 victim witness number is: 805-568-2400.
Since March 9, The Foodbank has delivered 3 million pounds of food.
More than 100 boxes of free Lego are being delivered to the children of farm workers in Ventura County.
Many kids are sheltering at home with limited resources while their parents perform essential work.
The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County funded part of the project, but the need was immense.
So Martha Martinez-Bravo, organized a Lego, book and toy drive.
The community stepped up and donated four truckloads of educational materials, which are now being delivered with safety precautions in place.
Celebs Back Direct Relief
Direct Relief is one of the non-profits that has delivered the most personal protective equipment around the world during COVID-19.
The organization is also getting a lot of celebrity support from artists like Post Malone who donated 40,000 N95 masks.
Singer Billie Eilish is selling special tour T-shirts on her website with proceeds going to Direct Relief.
Diddy, DJ Khalid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Sean Penn have also raised funds and awareness for the Santa Barbara based group.