How you can help fire victims

POSTED: 03:50 PM MDT Jun 29, 2012    UPDATED: 03:44 PM MDT Jul 26, 2012 
Johnny Creek Road fire
POCATELLO, Idaho -

There are many ways to help victims of the Charlotte fire, and the list is growing. The following information will updated as warranted.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross has been active in helping victims of the fire.

It is accepting monetary donations to do things from providing clothes to replacing eyeglasses, even providing rent for someone who needs it. It has also brought in medical and mental health professionals to help. The Red Cross has said it will keep all donation local as long as a restrictive note is made on the check.

You can get funds to the Red Cross in one of the following ways:

In addition to money, the Red Cross is also accepting commercially prepared food. The organization is accepting clothing through Deseret Industries in Pocatello at 580 Roosevelt Ave.

The Red Cross does not need any more volunteers at the moment, but that could change.

The organization is helping provide a help line for victims at (208) 234-6201. 

Businesses can help the Red Cross through the Pocatello Businesses Care! organization. A Facebook page is set up for that purpose at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pocatello-Businesses-Care/169957419803904.

You can also donate to the Red Cross at Lowe's in Pocatello. You can choose to donate there, regardless of if you buy anything.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

The St. Vincent De Paul Society said it is accepting donations of any kind, including food, clothing and furniture. The thrift store said all donations will be directed only to fire victims. It is also welcoming anyone interested in volunteering. For more information, call (208) 478-2062. The store is at 855 S. Second Ave. in Pocatello.

First responders

Law enforcement and fire officials expressed gratitude for the donations they received during the Pocatello Independence Day parade at nearly $9,000. You can still donate at Idaho Central Credit Union.

Helping animals

The Bannock Humane Society and Pocatello Animal Shelter are active in helping fire victims as well. They are providing a place to stay and care for dogs. The shelter is setting up vets to help with both large and small animals. Horses and livestock can go to Bannock County Fairgrounds. The humane society plans to put together “posses” to help look for lost animals once area opens. Call (208) 232-0371 for details, or go to http://communityanimalhospital.aahavet.org/web2/index.aspx or http://www.bannockhumanesociety.org/

Community Animal Hospital in Pocatello is accepting donations for pets and people who lost their homes in the Charlotte Fire. Suggested donations include dog food, cat food, dog and cat beds, food and water bowls, leashes, and collars; for people, clothing, toiletries or nonperishable food. Donated items will be distributed directly to fire victims or to the Red Cross shelter at Holt Arena.

Helping plants

Two next-door-neighbors in the area scorched by the Charlotte Fire have begun a project to help make the Charlotte Drive, Caribou, Cinnamon Ridge, Autumn Lane, and Gibson Jack areas bloom again.   The Charlotte’s Garden Project asks gardening neighbors across Southeast Idaho to save seeds from their plantings through the summer and fall and pass them on to those affected by the fire. The organizers are hoping to receive perennial, biennial, wildflower, and annual (especially self-sowing annual) flower seeds, along with vegetable seeds. Donation of iris and day lily divisions, along with other plant material, is also possible by special arrangement. For more information, see www.pocatello.us/se/charlottesgarden.htm or contact Susan Swetnam at swetsusa@isu.edu or Hannah Sanger at hksanger@gmail.com. No money accepted.

Churches

Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen has urged those who wanted to help to also check in with churches in the area.

More places to donate

The following agencies are receiving donated items and will distribute them to victims, according to the United Way of Southeastern Idaho:

SEICAA - (208) 232-1114 ext. 100, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 641 N. Eighth Ave., Pocatello.
Salvation Army - (208) 232-5318, Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., 400 N. Fourth Ave., Pocatello.
Aid for Friends - (208) 232-0178, 232-5669, 9 to 5 a.m. at the administrative office, 555 S. First Ave., Pocatello.; emergency shelter at 232-5669, open to accept donations over weekend from 9 a.m. to dusk. Limited space - mainly clothing, bedding, towels and hygiene kits.
Deseret Industries - (208) 232-5174, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 580 Roosevelt Ave., Pocatello. Donations can be marked for fire relief. DI is a partner with Pocatello.
Red Lion - (208) 233-2200, open all weekend. Donation Central is set up in the Teton Room. Ask at the front desk if you need help finding it. All donated items will be delivered to one or more of the agencies listed above.