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Sweet Home families create donation center for fire evacuees

A small donation collection turned into an overwhelming and empowering community response.

Posted: Sep 27, 2020 6:46 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. -- It all started with an idea during one sleepless night as wildfires burned across Oregon.

"I was kinda was laying in bed one night and decided I was just gonna take some of my stuff and ask a couple of friends," Amanda Tyree said.

Tyree, a resident of Sweet Home reached out to various family and friends to see if they wanted to help collect donations for fire evacuees. Her friend Mikaela Sanders jumped at the opportunity.

"Growing up in this community, we have both seen first hand that everybody has their needs and their own struggles," Sanders said.

Tyree's property has turned into a community donation center. Her living room, garage, backyard and trailer are full of various items of clothing, food products, furniture and more.

"You name it, we probably have it," Tyree said. "If we don't have it here, we will find it."

These woman have received a lot of help from neighbors and local community members.

Some of their most dedicated and hardworking volunteers are their own children. Both Tyree and Sanders say their kids have grown up and gained a lot of perspective from this experience.

"To see them so involved and their hearts expanding, growing and understanding like what it is to serve somebody else and help somebody else has been a huge blessing," Tyree, a mother of five said.

It's a full team effort to collect and organize all the donations. They donations are continuously pouring in, but the donation center is running out of space.

With colder weather and rainy season approaching, Tyree and Sanders are looking for some help with indoor storage. They want to keep all of the items in the best condition possible.

"If anybody has a warehouse, a big shop or something that has the space to be able to have things indoors," Sanders said.

If you'd like to donate, volunteer or have been evacuated and need some help; you can get more information by searching Sweet Home Donation Center for fire victims in Oregon on Facebook.

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