Grant County residents can help folks affected by wildfire

JOHN DAY – In usual Grant County fashion, locals jumped into action when fires began consuming homes and displacing folks throughout Oregon. Here’s a running list of ways to help out locally. Check back for updates:

-A new Facebook group has been set up for folks who can help families affected by the wildfires in Oregon. The group is called 2020 OREGON FIRE AID AND ASSISTANCE. Folks who are eager to help are encouraged to join the group, as well as those displaced who are in need of some help.

Depot RV in Prairie City, OR has limited spaces as of right now. There are showers and restrooms available anytime. Keep checking for spaces. 541-820-3605

Grant County Fairgrounds, John Day, OR has space for 200 RV’s – dry camping only. There are showers and restrooms available anytime. 541-575-1900

Bates State Park could also be of use at this time.

Canyon Creek Community 4-H Club:

-Release from Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer:

“The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating a disaster relief drop off site for those that are being affected by fires across Oregon.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer is utilizing the Grant County Sheriff’s Office as a drop off site for those who might want to donate personal hygiene items such as, but not limited to, soaps, shampoo, deodorants, tooth brush/paste, brush/combs, razors, shave cream, socks, t shirts, under garments, feminine hygiene items such as sanitary napkins/pads, non perishable food items, gift cards etc that are like  new in condition.

We are in the process of trying to obtain a detailed list of other items that shelters might allow or encourage those who can give or donate for their cause or specific area in Oregon.  

Sheriff Palmer  states that as of right now and due to the size of the Sheriff’s Office, we will not accept clothing items. However, if this grows and a need is learned from the areas affected by the fires across Oregon, that the site may be moved or relinquished to others who would like to be involved.

Additional information for drop offs will be made available as we hear from those areas most affected by the fires.

Information will be relayed to local media sources as they are learned.”

-The local organization Hay for John Day is looking for donations of hay for animals impacted by wildfires in Oregon. Folks who can donate are encouraged to call Grant County Commissioner Jim Hamsher at 541-620-2861. That’s 620-2861.

-For verified disaster relief organizations, folks can refer to Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD) at www.orvoad.org. Organizations include the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the Wildland Firefighters Fund. As needs for donations and volunteers are identified, they will be messaged throughout the state.