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Donations needed for stranded San Bernardino Mountain residents

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. ( –Humanitarian help is needed for the San Bernardino Mountains.

The historic blizzard which lasted seven days non-stop left thousands of residents and vacationers in the resort communities stranded and many without food and basic necessities. Roads are still closed and residents are walking miles for help in five to 10’ of snow in search of food.

The public wanted to help and this skybridge supported by Cal was created by local volunteers to expedite supplies to the San Bernardino mountains. 

Crestline, Valley of Enchantment, and Lake Gregory lost Goodwin and Sons Market as the roof collapsed leaving residents in the area in desperate need. Other communities in the Lake Arrowhead area also are in desperate need.

People may drop off supplies in the parking lot at the San Bernardino Community Hospital at 1805 Medical Center Dr, San Bernardino, CA from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The point contact person there is Maiyoua Vang. They will transfer supplies to Mountain Community Hospital at 29101 Hospital Rd in Lake Arrowhead. The helicopter will be running all day back and forth dropping off supplies for those in need. 

Volunteers are needed at both hospitals to help with packing and distribution. 

Supplies needed include but not limited to:

  • Can food, soups
  • Can chicken and tuna
  • Microwavable food (non-frozen)
  • Instant Macaroni and cheese
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Water 
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Rice 
  • Dog and cat food
  • Baby food
  • Formula: Soy and regular and digestive, all kinds. 
  • Diapers all sizes being asked for 3, 4, 5, etc. 
  • Diapers adult
  • Ladies sanitary supplies
  • Baby wipes 
  • Lactic acid milk
  • Canned milk
  • Shovels
  • Gloves 
  • Hats
  • Chainsaws to cut through 10 foot berms 
  • Ice melt 
  • Heavy bags to carry supplies

This effort is coordinated by local volunteers to help the San Bernardino Mountain Community residents in need during this historic time.

Volunteer Cody Robert Spencer and his family have snowmobiles on stand-by and people to transport supplies to surrounding residents. 

Humanitarian help is needed for the San Bernardino mountains.
(Photo by Lisa Griggs)


Mental Health 24-Hour Helpline is available at (888) 743-1478. For those seeking info about the storms, County’s 24-Hour Storm Response Call Center is (909) 387-3911.

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