Monday Aug 31 2009
Red Cross seeks funds to help Auburn 49 Fire victims
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Other organizations, businesses also taking in donations
The American Red Cross was playing a major role Monday in the wake of the chaos of Sunday’s 49 Fire in North Auburn. Based out of a converted gym at Dairy Road’s Calvary Chapel in Auburn, the Red Cross was managing a shelter that provided an overnight stay for five people and was sending out trucks with water, lunches and cleaning supplies. By late Monday, the shelter had been moved closer to the fire scene at 37701 Richardson Drive, across from Chana High School. Julia Ann Easley said people can help by donating money to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. The Red Cross has a Placer County office at 457 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn. Julia Ann Easley, a volunteer information officer for the Red Cross, said the organization doesn’t take donations of clothing but does put people it’s helping in touch with local shops like the Goodwill. At least one local bank – Community 1st Bank – had established a disaster relief fund to also gather cash donations. Mark Lund, a Joeger Road resident who lives close to the fire site and president of the bank, said deposits can be made at the bank's branches on Lincoln Way and Kemper Road. Checks can be dropped off payable to the Auburn Disaster Relief Fund. Insurance companies were also set up at the 202 Dairy Road church parking lot. By mid-morning, Farmers, State Farm and Allstate established temporary offices under canopies to handle emergency requests for money from fire victims. Bruce Butler, operations manager for Farmers’ inland state office, said the company had set up by 6 p.m. Sunday and had issued three checks . “This is where the rubber meets the road,” Butler said. “People are in shock.” Farmers provided coffee, fruit and pastries to people coming in for help. “We even have dog food,” Butler said. Placer County will open a one-stop local assistance center Tuesday to help families and businesses. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Thursday at 11517 F Ave. Fire victims can receive information and get assistance in meeting short- and long-term needs. They may also receive assistance in retrieving lost legal documents. Donations of clothing and blankets may be made at Wings Restaurant, 13595 New Airport Road. Donations may also be made to the Salvation Army at 286 Sutter St. A post on the auburnjournal.com site said the army will also take non-perishable food and the Red Cross is assured donors that the it is giving the donations to victims and not selling in their stores. The army drop-off will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 286 Sutter St. or mailed to P.O. Box 4088, Auburn, CA 95604. Online donations may be made at tsatoday.org. Clothing can be dropped off at the army’s Thrift Store at 501 High St. in Auburn. See more ways to help online at Auburnjournal.com.