UPDATE: DONATIONS CLOSED
McKinleyville, Ca., (KIEM)- Humboldt County residents rally to support more than 20,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes as a result of fires raging across the state. With more than 2,000 structures destroyed (a number that’s expected to increase) some have now lost their houses permanently.
Wednesday morning, Ace Hardware in McKinleyville rolled out donation collection barrels, and started accepting items to send to evacuation centers. Those barrels started filling up fast, keeping sales associates running up and down the stairs to the back room (where the items would be stored until they could move to those in need).
“The way that the community has come together, all the donations we’ve ended up with, just everyone helping out is absolutely amazing and we couldn’t be more thankful.” Employee Kimberly Megimsey said.
If you would like to donate, the store will continue to gather supplies. They say you can drop the following items by their store:
-Canned or Non-Perishable Food Items
-Pet Food and Pet Supplies
-First Aid Kits
-Hygiene Products: tooth brushes, tooth paste, toiletries, brushes, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
-Baby Supplies: Diapers, Formula, Baby Food
-Clothing and Shoes (new and used)
-Camping Supplies: tents, blankets, lanterns, etc.
Donations can also be dropped of Wednesday at the Eureka Police Department between 9:00 a.m. and noon.