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Dutch Bros donates $289,730 to Almeda fire relief fund

Dutch Bros Jackson County and the Dutch Bros Foundation have donated $289,730 to the Phoenix-Talent Fire Relief Fund.

In partnership with customers, Dutch Bros Jackson County locations raised $39,730 from sales Nov. 27. The Dutch Bros Foundation donated an additional $250,000, the Grants Pass-headquartered company said.

“The devastation of these fires hit us hard,” said Katie Hutchinson, vice president of philanthropy at the Dutch Bros Foundation. “We wanted to do more for our neighbors in Jackson County, and give back to the families that our baristas serve at the window everyday.”

The funds will go to help families in Jackson County affected by recent wildfires.

The Almeda fire destroyed approximately 2,500 homes, primarily in Phoenix and Talent, while the South Obenchain fire in northern Jackson County destroyed more than 30 homes in September.

“We’re so grateful for all of the customers who came out and supported families in Jackson County,” said Ty Sullivan, owner of Dutch Bros Jackson County. “We’re honored to be a part of helping our community through these tough times.”

Founded in 1992 by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros Coffee is the country’s largest privately held drive-thru coffee company, with more than 400 locations and 12,000 employees in nine states.

Kawika Kainoa takes an order and Christopher Hervey makes drinks for a customer Tuesday morning at the Ashland Dutch Bros on Highway 99.{ } Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune