Permanent relief site helps wildfire evacuees

A new, permanent disaster relief site in Springfield is helping victims of fire all across the state, and they’re putting out a call for volunteers.

Posted: Oct 24, 2020 3:47 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2020 4:15 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A new, permanent disaster relief site in Springfield is helping victims of fire all across the state, and they’re putting out a call for volunteers.

LOVEfirst formed in the wake of the Holiday Farm Fire when the community came together to provide resources and essential items for evacuees, many of whom lost everything in the fire.

Now, LOVEfirst operates a permanent location on Mohawk Boulevard in Springfield staffed by volunteers where fire evacuees can get food, toiletries, clothing, furniture and be connected with resources as they look to pick up the pieces.

“They’re going through a substantial amount of trauma, processing loss and grief,” said LOVEfirst Executive Director Christina Cameron.

Cameron said the biggest need now is for volunteers and donations to keep the site running for the foreseeable future.

“When we first started, we did not anticipate being in this current role that we’re in,” Cameron said. “We’re just grateful for all the community support and the different partners that are helping serve this community.”

Right now, Cameron said they have about 100 volunteers but will need two or three times that many as they shift from providing material goods to helping evacuees find permanent housing. Cameron is looking for volunteers to work both on and off-site in shifts at a minimum of two hours.

They are also in need of donations, including non-perishable food, water, paper towels, toilet tissue, as well as gas and grocery gift cards for evacuees.

If you’re interested in volunteering or providing donations, you can visit the LOVEfirst website or visit the location in Springfield at 1489 Mohawk Boulevard. The site is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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