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Fire site in need of donations

FILE - In this photo taken by a drone, homes leveled by the Almeda Fire line the Bear Lake Estates in Phoenix, Ore., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is contending with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation’s once-a-decade headcount. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Laundry detergent, cooking oil and men’s clothing are just a few of the items still needed at the Almeda fire resource center at the Shoppes Off Exit 24.

“Folks have come to really rely on the site for getting through their day,” says site supervisor Elib Christ-Dywer.

Christ-Dywer says that many of last year’s fire victims are just now starting to move into apartments or are still living in hotels and use the resource center as a place to furnish their homes and put basic food staples in their pantry.

With the fire site seeing upward of 300 people a week, donations are crucial to provide resource for those in need.

“I can’t stress how helpful those (donations) have been for folks who are just trying to get from day to day,” says Christ-Dywer.

The site is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for both dropping off donations and visiting. If you are in need of resources the center does not require any documentation and runs off of a no questions asked system.