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An Ashland fraternal organization is a hub of meals, donations and volunteers for those affected by the Almeda fire.

The Ashland Elks Lodge has opened itself to the public for the next few days offering disaster relief that touches on everything from respite from the smoke to donation drop-off and pickup points, according to coordinator Raymond Hanson.

The lodge offers community meals and donations for people affected by the fire that range from toiletries to children’s toys, according to Hanson.

“We have food, clothing, children’s toys almost anything that you can imagine,” Hanson said of the trove of donations in its basement.

Upstairs, the lodge has free hot meals for anyone in need, according to Colleen Hanson, who is also coordinating disaster relief efforts. The lodge is making its WiFi access and power outlets available for anyone needing a recharge — not to mention cool air conditioning and clean air.

Colleen Hanson said the lodge can always use more donations and volunteers, and that “many hands make for short work,” but she also wants people in need to know that the supplies are available for those in need.

“I just need for people to come in and know that they are welcome to take these things ... just come in and take what you need,” Colleen Hanson said.

Lodge Exalted Ruler Kenny Koonce said they’ve reached out to area hotels offering resources to those in need.

“Everyone working here is a volunteer,” Koonce said. “If you want to come in and help, we can always use help.”

The lodge is open for volunteers, donations, and anyone in need for the next few days from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 255 E. Main Street. For more information call 541-482-3911 or find the Ashland Elks lodge on social media at Facebook.com/ashlandelks944.

NEED HELP?

Jackson County Evacuation Sites

- Jacksonville Presbyterian Church — 425 Middle St. — Shelter and RV parking available

- The Salvation Army HOPE House transitional shelter program site — Medford — Currently housing 31 evacuees and have the capacity for 50 evacuees. Meals are being provided for evacuees at the shelter. If you need assistance please call 541-773-6965 x101.

- Harvest Time Fellowship — 345 2nd St. — 50 people, bring your own bedding and masks. Call Jerry Fraiser at 707-845-6310 to confirm.

- East Evans Creek Community Center — 8205 E. Evans Creek Road — 50 people, bring your own bedding and masks. Call 541-582-6006 to confirm.

- Grace Baptist Church — Rogue River — Gymnasium open for shelter, parking available to campers (no hookups), pets kept in playground areas, access to showers, food, toiletries. Call 541-291-2714.

- Rogue River Assembly of God — 270 W Evans Creek Road — Large parking lot available for evacuees with RVs and trailers. Clothing closet, sundry items, food available. Call 541-582-0563.

- New Life Naz — 1974 East McAndrews — Room available for 200 vehicles and RVs. Wi-fi and restrooms available. Call 541-779-7777.

- Eagle Point Community Bible Church

- The Expo, Jackson County Fairgrounds

- Ashland High School

- Southern Oregon University — Lithia Motors Pavillion, 1465 Webster St.

- Food 4 Less — Parking lot available

Josephine County Evacuation Sites

- Edgewater Christian Fellowship — 101 Assembly Circle — 50 people, bring your own bedding and masks. Call 541-474-7172 to confirm.

- Parkway Christian Center — Pop-up tents, blankets and cots available.

- Grants Pass Shopping Center, Movie Theater.

- Grants Pass High School — 8th and Olive.

- Allendale School

- Josephine County Fairgrounds

- Gladiola School

- St. Anne’s Catholic Church

- Cascade Mountain Ranch — Hugo — Call Amy at 541-890-8435

- Liberty Pentecostal Church

Food Resources

- St. Vincent de Paul — 2424 N Pacific Highway — Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

- Phoenix and Talent Schools — Staged at Home Depot

- Hither — 376 E Main St. — Free coffee and breakfast available 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 10-13.

- OSF — 15 S Pioneer St.

- New Life Church of the Nazarene — 1984 E. McAndrews Road — Shelter, free clothing and hygiene supplies, mattresses, sleeping space, parking spaces also available. Call 541-779-7777 to check space availability.

- First Presbyterian Church - 85 S. Holly St.

Clothing & Hygiene Supplies

- Paddington Station — Ashland — Free change of clothing available

- Forte Clothing Company — 691 E Vilas Road — Showers, blank tees, hoodies, long sleeves (sizes youth to 3X) available free of charge

- Moxley Media — Call 402-935-7733

- Carpenter Hall at OSF — 15 S Pioneer St. — Clothing grab bags, shoes, hats, coats, blankets, towels, food, toiletries, masks, sanitizer, menstrual products, pet food, kids toys & activities available

- Southern Oregon Coalition for Racial Equality

- Phoenix & Talent Schools — Staged at Home Depot — Backpacks, food and schools supplies available

- Family Nurturing Center — 212 N Oakdale — Open through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and providing clothing, shoes, diapers, wipes, food, water, toiletries, sheets, pillows, blankets, children’s toys, books, etc. Donations for new men’s and women’s underwear, tents, cellphone chargers, and men’s clothing are still needed. Some deliveries will be available for those with no access to transportation. Contact Family Nurturing Center at 541-779-5242 for more information.

- White Mountain Middle Fire Relief — 550 Wilson Way, White City — Accepting and distributing donations of food, clothing and other essentials September 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check the White Mountain Facebook Page for details

Financial Resources

- United Way — Contact Dee Ann Everson at 541-601-1685

- Oregon Housing Relief

- House of Leaves — Medford: 541-816-4204. Ashland: 541-488-6776. Email: Houseofleaves488@gmail.com

Other Resources

- Community Works — 541-779-4357

- La Clinica

- AT&T extends relief to customers in areas severely impacted by wildfires. Please see the link below for details and share with your affected residents. https://about.att.com/pages/disaster_relief/wildfire-relief.html

- The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service team has been activated in Jackson County. Services are being provided in Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, and Medford.

- Firestop Company — Providing sleeping bags to people in need. Contact Tera Lerpari at 541-245-0466

WANT TO HELP?

- Ashland Elks Lodge — Accepting donations of kids toys and activities

- Rogue Credit Union — Will be matching $50,000 in donations and working with local non-profits to help distribute funds

- Phoenix & Talent Schools — Accepting donations

- United Way — Accepting donations

- Rogue Climate — Rogue Valley YMCA at 522 W 6th St. — 770 Faith Ave. — 223 Maple St. — Accepting donations of water bottles, liquid containers, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, non-perishable foods, diapers, baby formula, blankets, menstrual products, sleeping bags, tents, pet food, toilet paper, first aid supplies, cell phone chargers and toiletries

- Giving Tree Salon — 318 S Grape St. — Accepting donations of clothing, hygiene products, clean pillows and blankets

- SO Equity — Rogue Valley YMCA at 522 W 6th St. — First Presbyterian Church — Accepting donations from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

- OSF — 15 S Pioneer St. — Accepting donations of paper & reusable bags backpacks, boxes, sealed & unused socks and underwear of all sizes

- Pinetree Zumba & Unete — 1984 Brookehurst St. — Accepting donations of clothing, socks, shoes, toiletries, snacks, sleeping bags, duffle bags, pillows and non-perishables

- Red Cross — FlipSide Studio on Hersey between Helman and Laurel — Accepting donations of clothing, non-perishable foods, magazines & books, kids activities, masks and bottled water

- Ashland High School — 201 S Mountain Ave. — Accepting donations of canned foods, clothing, shoes, toiletries, hygiene products, water, Gatorade, diapers, wipes, baby food, pet food & supplies, gift cards and blankets

- Cinemark White City — 7501 Crater Lake Highway — Accepting donations in the parking lot

- Cascade Self Storage — 2562 W. Main St and 1011 Narregan St in Medford — The city is asking for clothing and hygiene products at this time

- Cascade Mountain Ranch — Hugo — Accepting donations. Call Amy at (541) 890-8435

- Unitarian Universalist Church — 129 NW E St. — Accepting donations 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

- House of Leaves — Accepting monetary donations. Medford: 541-816-4204. Ashland: 541-488-6776. Email: Houseofleaves488@gmail.com

- White Mountain Middle Fire Relief — 550 Wilson Way, White City — Accepting and distributing donations of food, clothing and other essentials September 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check the White Mountain Facebook Page for details

- Cars Changing Lives: Have a vehicle, trailer, or motorhome you’d like to donate to a fire victim? Cars Changing Lives is a local organization that provides your donated vehicles directly to individuals and families in need. Cars Changing Lives is an authorized 501(c)(3) charity, meaning your donation is tax-deductible. Email us at carschanginglivesorg@gmail.com

- The Ashland Schools Foundation is coordinating fundraising and financial relief for Ashland School District (ASD) families and staff who lost their homes in the Almeda Fire. 10% of ASD families and many staff live outside of Ashland, many in Talent/Phoenix. Donations can be made via: Text “ASSIST” to 72572 and https://asf.salsalabs.org/asd-fire-assist

- Fred Meyer has announced a $20,000 donation to American Red Cross to fund northwest wildfire relief efforts, in the form of a foundation grant. Additionally, the company will be collecting donations for American Red Cross from those in the community who want to round-up their transaction to the nearest dollar or donate their loose change while checking out at the store. Fred Meyer is also donating water and supplies to support local firefighters.

- The Salvation Army is in need of the following items — You can bring donations to 1065 Crews Rd Medford, OR 97501 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New men’s underwear: sizes small, medium and large

New women’s underwear: sizes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 3XL

Deodorant

Bedding, pillows and twin sheet sets

Brooms, mops and laundry detergent

Size four diapers

- Habitat for Humanity: is establishing a tool share for victims that plan to return to their lost homes and look for sentimental and/or important items. We are seeking community donations of new and gently used: shovels (all types and sizes), metal rakes, buckets with handles, gloves, sift boxes, garden wagons, etc. – anything else that might seem useful for the task of searching through the charred homes. At this time we will be accepting these donations on Thurs Sept 10 and Friday, Sept 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Habitat Administrative Office and will add additional dates for donations as the situation develops. Please watch our Rogue Valley Habitat Facebook for information on how to donate or distribution. Questions please call 541-7791983 or email programs@roguevalleyhabitat.org

- The Asante Foundation has established the AsanteForward Wildfire Compassion Fund that will provide direct funding for frontline health care workers who have been displaced or experienced loss in the area’s wildfires. You can contribute to support this fund on the website or by calling Asante Foundation at (541) 789-5025.

- United Way of Jackson County Fire Fund — TC Chevy owner Derek DeBoer, Airport Chevy owner Steve Miller and Southern Oregon Subaru owner Randy Nidalmia have collectively donated $75,000 to the United Way of Jackson County Fire Fund.

Editor’s note: This listing will change over time. If you are part of a business or organization offering assistance, email news@rosebudmedia.com with your information. Please put “Fire Victims Assistance” in the subject line and provide a contact name and phone number.

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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneVolunteers sort through donations at the Elks Club in downtown Ashland Saturday.