BOSTON — Ben Affleck is taking his name off the list of possible candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat, which would be open if the Democratic senator from Massachusetts is confirmed as secretary of state.

Affleck says in a Monday posting on his Facebook page that while he loves the political process, he will not be running for public office.

Speculation about the Cambridge, Mass., native rose slightly when he did not completely rule out a Senate bid during an appearance on CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday.

In his Facebook posting, Affleck says he would continue working with the Eastern Congo Initiative, a nonprofit organization that helps direct humanitarian aid to the war-torn region, and for other causes.

Affleck says Kerry would make a great secretary of state.

Excerpt from City of Santa Rosa's Facebook page:

If you wish to make donations of food, the Redwood Empire Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul are accepting ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods for evacuation centers. St. Vincent de Paul is located at 610 Wilson St. Phone: 707-584-1579.

Donations are being accepted at the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. between the hours 8am-8pm. The food bank also needs volunteers. Sign up online at refb.org/volunteer.

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa also takes food donations. Please call 707-528-8712.

The shelters are also at capacity for donated clothing. However, the Salvation Army is accepting clothes and supplies at 93 Stony Point Circle. Call 707 542-0981 for more information.

For financial donations, the Redwood Credit Union has established a North Bay Relief Fund – 100 percent of donations go to fire victims. Go to www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief to donate.

Thank you, again, for your generous support!

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