Springfield business collects supplies for Camp Fire victims

"We just want to help," said Rod Brady, the Director of Operations at Leavitt's Freight Service.

Posted: Nov 15, 2018 7:30 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 7:33 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A trucking company in Springfield is sending a pick-up down to Paradise, Calif. filled with supplies for victims of the Camp Fire and they're getting some help from other businesses.

"We just want to help," said Rod Brady, the Director of Operations at Leavitt's Freight Service. It's a that local company that specializes in hauling utility poles. Brady said they've already taken 50 loads of poles down to Paradise.

"We're expediting poles to the area because one of the first things they need to get back up and running is power," said Brady.

Brady said because the scope of loss and suffering there is so alarming, he and his Operations Manger Raleigh Foster decided they wanted to do more.

"We're a family company. This tragic event affected another trucking company the we work with and their families," said Brady. 

On Wednesday, they decided to begin collecting supplies to bring down to families who've lost everything. Brady will be driving the truck to northern California on Sunday.

He said their goal is to have the truck so full of supplies, that they'll have to rent a trailer. Other businesses are jumping in to make it happen.

Fast Lane Coffee in Springfield is one of several businesses making donations to help them fill the truck. From Three Rivers Casino to Emerald Valley Dentist, help has been pouring in.

"Our community does a lot to help us out, so any chance we get to help out other communites and other people in need," said Ashley Elmenhurst, a Barista and Fast Lane Coffee, "Especially with it being around the holidays right now, we're glad to do this."

Brady said they will be collecting items at Leavitts Freight Service until Saturday.

He said they're hoping to collect the following (new) items:

-Blankets
-Sleeping Bags
-Pillows
-Towels
-Toiletries [toothbrushes, hair brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, etc]
-Feminine Hygiene Products
-Toilet Paper
-Cotton Balls/Swabs
-Bottled Water
-Diapers
-Baby Wipes
-Diaper Rash Ointment
-Baby Food
-First Aid Kits
-Band-Aids
-Rubbing Alcohol
-Hydrogen Peroxide
-Aspirin/Advil/Tylenol
-Sleeping Cots
-Pre-Packaged Food [Cans, boxes, non-perishable]
-Clothing
-Shoes
-Books
-Toys
-Pet Food
-Pet Beds
-Crayons
-Coloring Books
-Music Listening Devices [MP3 Players, iPods, etc]
-Readers [reading glasses]

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