Today was a good day. I got to spend my time handing out gas cards to evacuees and volunteer firefighters in north central Washington. It’s something I wouldn’t have been able to do without your generosity.
Last week when he partnered with Bender and Molly from 106.1 KISS-FM to raise money for wildfire relief. The response generated $17,000 in cash and gas cards. Now those donations are in the hands of those who need it most.
The volunteer fire fighters of the Okanogan valley gathered again this morning. This time not to fight a fire but to receive a small token of gratitude in the form of gas cards.
“It’s a beautiful thing. I don’t think you can put it into words,” said Eric Tollefson, Malott Volunteer Firefighter.
Gas cards also went to people displaced by the wildfires. The Bishop family is now staying at a shelter at the Cornerstone Church in Omak.
“Until we found these guys, this church has done everything they can to help us, especially our daughter,” explained Alyssa Bishop, an wildfire evacuee.
We tried to help too with a $100 gas card. Many more will be helped because we were able to give Lael Duncan from the non-profit group Okanogan Community Action a $5,000 check and thousands more in gas cards to help meet the regions needs.
“I can’t express how important this is to all of our community members across our county,” said Duncan.
Most of all, it’s the attitude of the people here that is impressive. For all that has been lost in this valley, the sense of pride and the level of care for one another in this community remains for all of us to admire in awe. And now they are thanking you.
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