Dodgers collecting donations to benefit San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.

The Dodgers are leading an online donation effort through May 19, and collecting items at Dodger Stadium Thursday, in support of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.

The Mission experienced a devastating fire May 3. Fans can donate monetary gifts now online. All donations received this week will go directly to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Fans are also invited to drive through Dodger Stadium on Thursday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Lot 1 to drop off donations.

Additionally, more than 15 families affected by the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission fire will attend Wednesday’s game (7 p.m. vs. Miami) courtesy of the Dodgers. One of the young children affected by the fire lost his favorite Dodger blanket. The club will be providing him, along with all families in attendance, with new Dodger blankets. Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department will also be collecting monetary donations during Wednesday’s game and at Thursday’s collection event.

“The Dodger community spans far and wide and we feel strongly about the unfortunate circumstances affecting our neighbors at the San Fernando Valley Mission,” Renata Simril, the Dodgers’ senior vice president external affairs, said in a statement. “We invite all Dodger fans to lend a helping hand to the Mission while they attend any of our games against Miami or by stopping by this Thursday.”

Suggested donations include new or gently-worn clothing and shoes, new or used blankets, bedding and towels, toiletries, baby items and canned and dry food items.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.