The American Red Cross continues to operate shelters throughout the region for people displaced by wildfires. Last night, the Red Cross provided 40 overnight stays in the shelters plus food, water and comfort kits to 100+ people staying outside the shelter. Individuals and families displaced by wildfires and in need for shelter assistance may simply show up for help.
The Red Cross is operating wildfire relief shelters at the following locations:
Eagle Creek Wildfire
Mt Hood Community College
710 SW Rock Creek Drive
Chetco Bar Wildfire
Brookings Church of the Nazarene
People interested in becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross can visit redcross.org/volunteer to apply and get training to deploy and assist on disasters such as the Chetco Bar Wildfire or national disasters like Hurricane Harvey.
People interested in helping Red Cross relief efforts are asked to please make a financial donation to the American Red Cross at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Financial donations to “Disaster Relief” allows the Red Cross to purchase the exact supplies required for the needs of a specific disaster relief operation.
We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other households items often does more harm than good. It takes time and money to store, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Before collecting or dropping off donations of food, household items or clothing, please call the shelter first to see if those items are needed. On some occasions, the Red Cross will accept donations – except for homemade food – at our shelters.
To donate food and water, please reach out to our community partners who will be able to accept it.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.