Oregon Wildfires Donation Information
Letter from Red Cross:
This evening, thousands of Oregonians have been forced out of their homes due to wildfires burning throughout our state. Many of them are being supported at this moment by the American Red Cross.
On Sept. 8, the Red Cross provided support with at least six temporary evacuation points, to connect those impacted by wildfires with Red Cross services and assistance. This ranged from meals, to shelter, relief supplies and more. Red Cross volunteers across the region, raised their hand and mobilized in a moment’s notice, to provide comfort and care for those who have faced a difficult and stressful 24 hours. Tonight, we are providing support in Marion, Deschutes, Lane and Jackson counties, just to name a few.
We have secured hotel rooms for the majority of those who need shelter, statewide. At the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Red Cross volunteers have been working since before dawn, in smoky conditions, to connect hundreds of people with the assistance and shelter they need. As volunteers continue to work at this hour, we are preparing a congregate shelter for those who may need it, using COVID-19 guidelines to provide them a safe place to stay for the night.
This is a massive operation and we can’t do it alone. We’ve been working alongside our community and government partners in the last 24 hours to help ensure the safety of all those who need support during this incredibly difficult time. The Red Cross is prepared to continue to provide support and assistance as conditions continue to change.
We know people want to help. Due to COVID-19 and the unpredictability of wildfires we ask that anyone looking to support those impacted make a financial donation at redcross.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. That will allow us to help provide meals, shelter, relief supplies and more, right where it’s needed most. Also, for those looking to help their communities, we welcome volunteers to join us and provide the hope and comfort so many need right now. They can get started by visiting redcross.org/volunteer.
The Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. We are doing that right now. Thank you to our partners for their support and we will continue to be in our communities to provide help where it’s needed.
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