EUGENE, Ore. -- A local man's effort to help people affected by wildfires in California will soon be moving into its next phase.
KEZI 9 News spoke with Eugene resident Christian Oliver last month as he reached out to the community in an attempt to make a difference, and in only one week, he'll be loading up donation's he's collected and driving them down to California.
For weeks now, Christian and his children have been collecting food, water, towels, blankets, diapers and other essentials.
He said they've also been able to collect enough money to take everything to California and want to make a donation with the rest.
"We are trying to donate as much funds as we can to the people and families affected by these fires, especially the ones dislocated right now," Oliver said. "There's a ton of people in the Mendo Complex Fires essentially that have lost their houses."
Oliver said he wants to thank the community for everything they've done so far.
"I also really want to thank the community for all the positive feedback we've gotten from this," Oliver said. "All you guys who have donated, you're awesome, thank you so much. We have one more week. We're going to try to push to get as much stuff as we possibly can. Everybody that's out there, just donate. If you have it in your heart to do it, we could definitely use the help."
He also wants to thank Jason Gale, manager of the Santa Clara Les Schwab, for coordinating the collection effort through the Eugene and Springfield stores, as well as Coburg Road Storage.
You can make any monetary donations through Fifth Avenue Church in Eugene.
For a full list of items they're collecting, click here.
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