Disaster relief group organizes wildfire relief barrel drive for donations


(Update: added video)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Grandview fire that started in Jefferson County on Sunday has prompted several people to leave their homes in search of a safe place for themselves and their families.

Chris Parkins is one of the evacuees who is currently staying in his trailer in the parking lot at Sisters High School with his family, making a total of seven people in the camper van.

Fortunately, he says his trailer is well stocked with supplies.

“We already had food and pots and pans and all that sort of stuff pretty much loaded,” Parkins said on Tuesday.

For those evacuees who could not arrive as prepared, TimberUnity, an organized group with a mission to protect workers, families and rural communities, is working to help residents affected by the Grandview fire and d other forest fires.

TimberUnity’s Disaster Relief Committee prepared for the fire season by gathering barrels of supplies and distributing them to various resource centers in central Oregon.

The disaster relief team worked to help victims of wildfires statewide, sending 54 barrels to about 30 Oregon cities. They are also helping farmers affected by the water crisis in the Klamath basin.

Fire rescue coordinator Tasha Webb said on the group’s Facebook page several people volunteered to host a barrel so people could drop off fire relief items except for food. and water.

Webb says they’re asking for items like cell phone chargers, power banks, shampoo, laundry baskets, rubber boots, feminine hygiene products and baby blankets, among others. One thing in particular, she said they don’t have enough, is the evacuee gift cards, to get what they need.

The Central Oregon Resource Centers are based at the following locations:

La Pine- La Pine Chamber of Commerce (51429 Huntington Rd.), And Little d Technology (16410 3rd St.)

Prineville- Prepper Up Inc. (862 NW 3rd St.) and AIC Insurance Kerry Holloway Agency (932 NW Madras Highway. You can also check the “Hearts of Prineville” Facebook page for other locations.

Bend-Bend Mail & More (19550 Amber Meadows Dr # 130), Hola (920 NW Bond St.), Hola (680 SW Powerhouse Dr.) and Hola (2670 US Highway 20)

Sunriver – Hola! (17430 Deschutes Road)

Camp Sherman – Hola!

Redmond Locations – Hola! (514 NW Greenwood), Westside Local (122 SW Fifth St.)

If you would like to support TimberUnity’s efforts, you can sign up to volunteer or send cash donations to the TimberUnity association.

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