Valencia Residents Raise Money for Damaged Businesses

Campaign hopes to raise $10,000 in 10 days for stores damaged in Monday's protests.

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    Vehicles and business were targets for protesters along Valencia Street, on the eve of May Day. (Published Monday, Apr 30, 2012)

    Residents of San Francisco's Valencia corridor are rallying to help businesses that were damaged during protests on Monday evening.

    A group of demonstrators allegedly broke the windows of several shops, cars and even the local police station.

    Now residents have launched a campaign to help those locally owned businesses and the police station get back on their feet.

    They hope to raise $10,000 in 10 days to help at least 16 businesses repair the damage done.

    "From Tartine to Art Zone, our local businesses were vandalized last night. Let's step up and show them that the community supports them when others try to drive them out," reads the message on the  page set up for the campaign.

    So far, more than $3,000 have been raised since the page was launched Tuesday. A list of which businesses will receive the money has been added to the campaign page.