And it fits our profile. I remember when our family home flooded back in 1996, neighbors and friends showed up at our door asking, “How can I help?”
The threat facing us now is a different kind, but equally concerning, and even though all of us have stories to share of how our lives have been impacted by COVID-19, a crisis like this taps into a resilience of community where the whole is greater than the parts.
That’s why you find a neighbor in Rivergrove offering RV parking and yard space for up to 10 small animals or 2 horses or cows. Or other neighbors putting together free activity kits for kids. So, if you are wondering how you can help, here are a few suggestions.
- The LO Hunt has taken in over 100 horses and is providing space in their fields for evacuees to park their RV’s and seek shelter. Volunteers have rushed to their aid with donations of food, water, horse supplies, and even 8 tons of hay from one anonymous donor. But the need is still great for cash donations which you can contribute here, as well as equestrian supplies and volunteer time to do everything from mucking (a nice word for removing manure from stalls), feeding, watering and barn maintenance. Click on the links for more information. The Club is located at 2725 Iron Mountain Blvd.
- The American Red Cross has received all kinds of material donations for evacuees and at this time is requesting cash. Click on this link and specify that the donation is for western wildfires relief. And if you’re thinking you’d like to offer a helping hand in times like these, sign up to be a Disaster Relief Volunteer.
- Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is another resource in need of your donations and your time. You can sign up to do both here.
- The Bridgeport Church has been collecting donations in support of firefighters including water, granola bars, protein bars and grab-and-go fruit. Check their facebook page for updates on future collection times.
- Do your due diligence. Captain Brandon Paxton with the Clackamas Fire Department suggests that one of the best ways to help out is to be prepared at whatever level of evacuation you are. Level 1 is Be ready with bags packed and valuable items identified and ready to go. Level 2 is Be set, and one of the recommendations Captain Paxton made is to create your own defensible space around your home by cleaning your gutters and removing any combustible materials from around your house. He also asked that we not leave sprinklers or water on in order to preserve water for the firefighters. Level 3 is to Go immediately. Firefighters ask that unless we are at a Level 3, we stay home as much as possible to keep roads open for residents who do need to evacuate quickly and safely.
- Keep up-to-date on wildfire information. A good resource is the Clackamas Fire Department’s facebook page.
Here’s to helping each other get through this trying time. Take care.