Count the Monte Vista High School community among those finding ways to help residents affected by the destructive Valley Fire in Lake County.
"Students and staff at Monte Vista were touched by the heartbreaking stories surrounding the Valley Fire and decided to do their part to help," San Ramon Valley school district officials said in a statement Wednesday.
The Danville high school has been collecting school supplies, clothes and monetary donations during the past two weeks for students of Middletown High School -- where many of the teenagers impacted by the fire go to school.
The two high schools share a common mascot: the Mustang.
The Monte Vista leadership class instructor and other staff members plan to pack up the donations and drive them to Middletown on Friday morning, district officials said.
In the meantime, they are still collecting items such as uniforms, shoes, backpacks, socks, clothes, basic school equipment and school supplies. Monte Vista High can be reached by phone at 552-5530.
The Valley Fire, which broke out Sept. 12, stands at 97% contained after burning 76,067 acres as of Wednesday evening, according to Cal Fire.
More than 1,900 structures were destroyed, including hundreds of homes in and around the towns of Middletown, Hidden Valley Lake and Cobb, according to Cal Fire, which reports that nearly 3,000 homes remain threatened and four residents have died in the blaze.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.