How to help victims of the 49 Fire

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The following is a running update of ways to help victims of the 49 Fire. Jewelry offers cleaning Sierra Moon would like to offer free cleaning and inspection of any jewelry that survived the recent 49 Fire and also extend 20 percent off of any restoration work and/or replacement jewelry. Sierra Moon Goldsmiths is at 107 Sacramento St. in Auburn. For more information, call (530) 823-1965 or visit SPCA offers help for pets Through the “SOS Program” the Placer SPCA is offering a lifeline for Auburn residents in need of funding to temporarily care for their pets due to hardships caused by the recent fires. Pet owners can receive funding or a loan to cover their immediate emergency pet expenses. For some, this assistance can make the difference between keeping a four-legged family member or making the difficult decision to surrender a beloved companion animal to a local shelter. To obtain an application for the SOS Fund, those impacted by the fires are encouraged to send an e-mail to or call (530) 885-7387, extension 113. Bank accepting Red Cross donations First U.S. Community Credit Union announced that it is accepting cash and check donations for the Red Cross. “Whether finding solutions for members impacted by this weekend’s fire, or helping to coordinate relief assistance for the community, First U.S. is open for business in Auburn and ready to serve,” said Carol Hauck, President and CEO of First U.S. All First U.S. branches, including the First U.S. Auburn branch, are accepting donations which will be forwarded to the Red Cross. Cash donations or checks (made payable to “Auburn Disaster Relief”) may be dropped off at any First U.S. branch. Checks may also be mailed to: Auburn Disaster Relief, c/o First U.S. Community Credit Union, 635 Mikkelsen Drive, Auburn, CA 95603. In addition to accepting donations, First U.S. also announced that the credit union’s management is working personally with impacted members and their families as they begin to coordinate repairs or rebuilding. Fast Fridays tickets available Victims of the 49 Fire are invited to a free evening of motorcycle racing at Fast Fridays, held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. Call (530) 878-7223 for further information. Counseling sessions offered Merrill Powers, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker offering free crisis counseling sessions for victims of the fire at her private practice office in South Auburn. She specializes in treatment of trauma, anxiety, and PTSD. Those wanting to talk through their experience and receive professional support can contact her at (530) 852-5066 or Relief funds established for victims The Auburn Disaster Relief Fund has been established c/o Auburn Chamber of Commerce Foundation & Community 1st Bank at 649 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Accepting: Monetary Donations (bank account at Community 1st Bank — reference “The Auburn Disaster Relief Fund.”) The American Red Cross at 457 Grass Valley Highway Ste. 8, Auburn, is also accepting monetary donations for the disaster relief fund. Call 530-885-9392 or visit for more information. Drop-off locations accepting donations Salvation Army at 286 Sutter, Auburn, is accepting clothing, blankets and non-perishable food items. Call (530) 889-3990. The Orchard at 7028 Orchard Circle, Penyrn (Just off 80), is accepting clothes, money and more daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (916) 339-7035 or visit for more information. Auburn Interfaith Food Closet at 2985 Richardson Drive is accepting food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (530) 885-1921. Father and Sons Barber Shop at 173 Palm Ave. in Auburn will be offering free haircuts for men, women and children affected by the 49 Fire. For more information, call (530) 745-0123. Traci Bucher, owner of Traci Lynn Makeup Design, would like to help women replace makeup they lost in the fire. Her business is at 3146 Olympic Way in North Auburn, phone (530) 613-9973. First U.S. Community Credit Union is accepting cash and check donations for the Red Cross. All First U.S. branches, including the First U.S. Auburn branch, are accepting donations which will be forwarded to the Red Cross. Cash donations or checks (made payable to “Auburn Disaster Relief”) may be dropped off at any First U.S. branch. Checks may also be mailed to: Auburn Disaster Relief, c/o First U.S. Community Credit Union, 635 Mikkelsen Drive, Auburn, CA 95603. In addition to accepting donations, First U.S. also announced that the credit union’s management is working personally with impacted members and their families as they begin to coordinate repairs or rebuilding. KMS Construction is offering a brand new home in Rocklin to rent to the fire victims of the 49 Fire. The office number is (530) 878-2034 or (916) 813-3732. Placer High School’s yearbook class wants to help replace the yearbooks of current and former Placer High students who lost their homes to the 49 Fire. The school has copies to give out dating back to 1988, and will scan in-house copies of older yearbooks for anyone seeking a replacement. Call Dan Wilson at (530) 885-4581, ext. 5743 to learn more. Cat and dog food and supplies are available for those affected by the 49 Fire at Placer County Animal Services, 11251 B Ave., Auburn, in the DeWitt Center. Additional pet supplies, such as kitty litter and litter pans, are available upon request. Call Lynn Howe at (916) 768 5981 for information. A group calling themselves Project HELP (Humans Empowering the Livelihood of the People) is helping to connect 49 Fire victims with their needs. Fire victims can contact Natalie Pohley to share their needs. Volunteers and people willing to “adopt a family” and fulfill those specific needs are also wanted. Call Pohley at (530) 368-4455 or e-mail for more information. The Salvation Army taking monetary and food donations for the 49 Fire victims. Monetary donations are much needed and can be dropped off at The Salvation Army’s Corps Community Center at 286 Sutter St. in Auburn from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or mailed to: P.O. Box 4088, Auburn, CA 95604. Or, donate at Non-perishable food and beverages can be dropped off at the Community Center on Sutter Street. Unopened and new toiletry items are also needed. Clothing items in wearable and usable condition can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 501 High St. in Auburn between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (530) 889-3990 for information. Julie Ormonde, L.Ac., of Auburn Community Acupuncture, is offering free treatments during the month of September to those who lost their home or business or were otherwise displaced due to the 49 Fire. Auburn Community Acupuncture is located at 1407 Lincoln Way. Call (530) 217-9667 for further information. Displaced residents seeking temporary housing can contact the Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross at (530) 885-9392 or Auburn’s Salvation Army at (530) 889-3990. Anyone wishing to make donations to the people displaced by the 49 Fire can drop off non-perishable food items and toiletries between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Healing Secrets or Mail Biz Etc., located at 6100 Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis. For more information, call (916) 652-8300. Carol Visser, a licensed clinical psychologist, is offering free sessions for fire victims who would like to talk through their experiences. Call Dr. Visser at (530) 889-8480 for more information. Her practice is located at 122 East St. in Auburn. Valley Redwood will be offering free delivery to any Auburn residents through the end of 2009 as well as a 10 percent discount on any redwood, composite, and pressure treated products to the fire victims. Valley Redwood is located at 4836 Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento. They can be reached by phone at (916) 334-9500 and on the Web at The Auburn Grocery Outlet, joining forces with the local Salvation Army, has placed cash-donation canisters at registers and has also set out donation bins with the purpose of collecting food and clothing. All proceeds will be distributed to those affected by the 49 Fire. Grocery Outlet is located at 414 Highway 49 in Auburn. Call (530) 885-0250 for more information. Umpqua Bank is accepting donations of canned goods, clothing, coloring books, crayons, toys for small children, and monetary gifts on behalf of the Salvation Army for victims of the 49 Fire. Donations are being accepted at both of Umpqua’s Auburn locations, 500 Auburn Folsom Road or 11795 Atwood Road. Call (530) 886-2711 or (530) 889-3726 for more information. Echo Valley Ranch, 205 Nevada St., is offering free dog and cat food for the pets of fire victims, while supplies last. Call (530) 823-1482 for further information. The Auburn and Rocklin offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will act as drop-off locations for donations for the victims of the 49 Fire burning. The offices, located at 255 Elm Ave. in Auburn and 1000 Sunset Blvd. Suite 190 in Rocklin, are accepting donations of toiletries, blankets, clothing, non-perishable food and pet food between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will be giving the donations to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to distribute to those affected by the fire. Victims of the fire are also invited to the Auburn office to use the company’s phones to contact friends and family, and to conduct necessary business. They are asked to show a valid driver’s license. The office will also provide them with a list of properties for rent in the area. Call (530) 886-5700 or (916) 625-1000 for more information. The UPS Store at 2945 Bell Road is offering to help coordinate package delivery to the store for people whose homes were destroyed in the fire. Call (530) 823-2422 for more information. Cypress Auto Center, 1160 Highway 49, wants to help those who lost vehicles to the fire by providing access to industry appraisal estimates, and also offers to help by making custom vehicle purchases in the wholesale market when residents are ready to purchase a new vehicle. Contact Cypress Auto Center at (530) 886-8003 Kids Closet children’s consignment shop at 948 B Lincoln Way in Auburn will be offering clothing and toys to those affected by the 49 Fire. The public is welcome to drop-off items like coloring books, crayons and gently used toys for children affected by the fire at her store. Kids Closet is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information call (530) 888-1809. Forrest and Danelle Stumbo are extending the services of Auburn’s Postal Annex to families displaced by Sunday’s fire. Postal Annex will provide, free of charge, mobile notary service and use of mailboxes and fax machine. Postal Annex is located at 670 Auburn Folsom Road, Suite 106. Call (530) 885-7600 or (916) 416-3585 for more information. The Auburn Keller Williams Realty staff is looking at ways they can help those affected by Sunday’s fire. Diane Lytal said the office, located at 11601 Blocker Drive No. 200, is serving as a donation drop center. Staff is also compiling a list of area rental homes, to provide more information for residents displaced by the fire. Keller Williams is also offering its office as a work space for businesses displaced by the fire. Call (530) 328-1900 for more information. O’Brien Child Development Center is accepting donations for fire victims at 11557 E Ave. in Auburn. Call (530) 885-0530 for more information. Mountain Mama at 358 Elm Ave. in Auburn, will donate 10 percent of all proceeds to 49 Fire victims from Thursday, Sept. 17, to Sunday, Sept. 20. For more information, call (530) 885-8138. Rhonda Payne, a licensed residential day care provider, will offer free daycare to families who have lost their homes in the 49 Fire at her home, 4636 Grass Valley Highway. She can be reached at (530) 888-6821. Get ready for a two-day flapjack fundraiser. Head to Applebee’s, 2500 Bell Road, from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 for pancakes, bacon and your choice between coffee, tea, orange juice or fountain drink. Tickets are $6 per person, and all proceeds will be donated to the Auburn Disaster Relief Fund. Buy tickets at Applebee’s or at the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn, 679 Lincoln Way; the Multipurpose Senior Center of Auburn, 11577 East Ave.; or Community 1st Bank, 469 Lincoln Way or 11990 Kemper Road. Auburn Kiwanis is holding a fundraiser for 49 Fire victims from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at Chevy’s Fresh Mex, 2100 Highway 49, Auburn. Get your hands on a coupon — available at the Auburn Journal, 1030 High St., or from Kiwanis members — because Chevy’s donates 25 percent of funds from all meals served that day to the Salvation Army of Auburn. Can’t make it to Chevy’s? Donations can be mailed to Auburn Kiwanis P.O. Box 434 Auburn, CA 95694. Checks should be designated to the 49 Fire, Auburn. Call (530) 888-0784 for information. Tracy Brown, McNally Appliances in Marysville is offering home appliances at contractor’s prices for Auburn residents who lost their homes in the 49 Fire. It includes stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and dishwashers. “If they have something beyond that, we’ll also offer the (contractor’s) price,” Tracy Brown of Mcnally said. Delivery can be setup through the store. Installation should be completed by a local contractor. For more information, call (530) 742-5101 or visit the store at 119 D St., in Marysville In Sync Dance Studio is offering donations of clothing to fire victims. To receive a bundle of clothing call Kevin Krick at (916) 276-6283 or (530) 823-6782 or e-mail The studio’s Kids Helping Kids Foundation will hold a yard sale of all remaining clothing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26, in the parking lot of the studio, 4055 Grass Valley Highway, north of Dry Creek Road. Proceeds will be used to buy debit cards for fire victims. Imagine... Thrift Shop has clothing available at no cost for the victims of the Auburn fire. Contact Terri at Imagine...Thrift Shop, 505 Main St., Downtown Newcastle or call (530) 368-0460 for no cost clothing. The local Lions Club District and the Foothill Zone Lions clubs, including the Auburn Host, 49er and Meadow Vista Lions are providing funds to help out victims of the Auburn fire with clothing, food and prescription needs. Those needing assistance can contact the Salvation Army or Community First Bank and they will be referred to the Lions Club for help.