Many people fell victim to the devastating fires that recently swept across Santa Rosa, California, destroying their homes and precious belongings.
Among them was 9-year-old Loren Jade Smith, who lost his home and his entire baseball memorabilia collection. Smith wrote to his favorite team, the Oakland Athletics, in the wake of the fires to let the team know what happened to his things. Since the A's caught wind of Smith's letter, the young boy's story has gone viral, and multiple teams and MLB players have taken to social media to support Smith.
If you'd like to donate baseball memorabilia to our pal Loren, please send items to the address below and we'll make sure they get to him. pic.twitter.com/xI3ZwWWfNA
— A's, But Spooky 🌳🐘🎃 (@Athletics) October 16, 2017
You can let Loren know he's got a package coming from the Astros!
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 16, 2017
— Mariners (@Mariners) October 16, 2017
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) October 16, 2017
Baseball is family. We have your back, Loren. The package is on its way! pic.twitter.com/vALO3tiBlM
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 16, 2017
Happy to pitch in...We're sending something you're way, Loren!
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 16, 2017
📬 Just dropped all of this in the mail for you, Loren! 👍 pic.twitter.com/fKmcZf6voC
— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 16, 2017
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 16, 2017
We've got a Padres pack on its way for Loren-including an autographed Mark McGwire baseball 🤗 pic.twitter.com/IWXQ8VDUUb
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) October 16, 2017
Sorry to hear this, but glad Loren and his family are safe.
Absolutely! We'll send him some A's-themed Rockies stuff. 🌳🐘
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) October 16, 2017
Items from us are on their way for Loren! 💙
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) October 16, 2017
Loren, we're sending a package your way very soon. Glad you're safe!
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 17, 2017
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) October 17, 2017
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) October 17, 2017
Heading up tomorrow to Santa Rosa and would love to give this little boy a signed bat. Where can I drop off? https://t.co/jvFc2ioVbU
— Kevin Youkilis (@KYouk_2036) October 16, 2017
Where can I send something?
— dan haren (@ithrow88) October 15, 2017
With so many people offering to contribute, perhaps this young baseball fan will have a thriving new collection in no time.