Tree Fruit Fire Victims
I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.
Washington orchardists and their employees who have suffered losses due to wildfires in Okanogan County are being aided by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington Brewster/Pateros Tree Fruit Fire Victims Fund. Foundation Director of Donor Services, Jennifer Dolge, talks about damage caused by the fires.
DOLGE: The statistics are saying there’s about 100 to 200 homes that have been lost. We have been hearing that a lot of orchards have been affected as well, and of course the families that work in the orchards and the ag related industries have been affected. So, the Brewster/Pateros Tree Fruit Fire Victims Fund has been set up specifically to support the farm workers and the tree fruit families that have been affected by the fire.
Dolge explains how donations collected through the fund will be distributed.
DOLGE: It’s going to be helping those families rebuild their lives. We’re focusing on doing some long term recovery efforts where we provide some resources for them to get back on their feet. We’re still in the planning process of how that’s developed, but we’re going to be keeping everyone updated on our website.
To make a tax deductible donation either mail a check to the Community Foundations of North Central Washington Brewster/Pateros Tree Fruit Fire Victims Fund at 9 S. Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, or visit the foundation website at cfncw.org.
DOLGE: All the donations that go into that fund will serve specifically those families in that area. So, we’ve got a little ways to go but every dollar matters. You know, it’s a tough community, they’re strong people that live up there. We just have to be able to provide some resources for them to keep going.
That’s Washington Ag Today.
I’m Lacy Gray on the Ag Information Network.