‘Berkeley Breathes’: Berkeley High student sets up GoFundMe to support homeless in time of poor air quality

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Daily Californian – By Jared Brewer

Equipped with 100 masks, 140 water bottles and 47 eye drops, Berkeley High School student Soren Whiting, along with about 12 of his classmates, set out to distribute supplies among those stuck outside in the smoky air Sunday afternoon along Shattuck Avenue.

Whiting started a GoFundMe page Friday called “Berkeley Breathes” with the goal of raising $300 to provide Berkeley’s homeless with useful items to help lessen their exposure to the smoke and ash from the North Bay fires.

His campaign has secured more than $520 from 19 individual donations as of press time, and amassed enough masks, water bottles and eye drops to supply to whomever he and his friends saw as they walked along Shattuck Avenue toward Ohlone Park.

Whiting said he was first inspired to take action after spotting a homeless man coughing on his way home from school.

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