Donation site a 'one-stop shop' for fire victims in Douglas County

The site is located in the old Glide Middle School gym on Glide Loop Road.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 6:29 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 6:30 PM

GLIDE, Ore. -- A new donation site for fire victims popped up in Glide last week, and it’s already become a hub for resources for those who lost anything or everything in the Archie Creek Fire.

The site is located in the old Glide Middle School gym on Glide Loop Road. It’s being run by Glide Revitalization, a local nonprofit.

President Allison Doty told KEZI 9 News that the goal was to create a “one-stop shop” for fire victims. They’ll have food, clothes, toiletries -- anything they may need during this difficult time.

Doty said they’ve also brought representatives from the American Red Cross and FEMA on-site to assist fire victims in person.

“We’ve already given away half of what was donated,” she said.

Doty said a lot of the items were donated from other sites as a way to condense everything into one place. She said it also makes it easier on the fire victims.

“If we had to send them to three different other donation sites, that might’ve been a little hard on them,” said Doty.

Members of the Glide Strong committee are also lending a hand at the site. Committee chair Abbie Malek said this is their way to show the fire victims how much they care about them.

“It’s been incredible to see from the first day of the fire all the people wanting to help,” said Malek.

Doty said they’re already compiling resources to rebuild homes when the fire victims are ready.

“We have a list of contractors, retired city planners, journeymen who want to come help rebuild,” she said.

The donation site will be open until Saturday.

Doty said they will reassess the need after that and put whatever’s left in storage. However, she said they will be able to pull out items if someone needs them.

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