WEED, Calif. — Newswatch 12 is teaming up with Goodwill to help victims of the Boles Fire.
Goodwill is part of a multi-agency response team that includes the American Red Cross to address the immediate needs of the people affected by the Boles Fire. If you would like to donate clothing or household items in Siskiyou County, Goodwill will accept donations at Chesler Flooring, 505 S. Broadway Street, Yreka from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information in Siskiyou County only, call 530-842-6627 or 530-842-5800.
For immediate needs, Goodwill will provide support to the American Red Cross by supplying resources to collect and store donations in Yreka. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Goodwill will transport a truck and trailer from Medford filled with totes, pallets and a pallet jack to help transfer donated items to a donation bank in Siskiyou County. Goodwill is also transporting a large donation of toiletries and personal care items and clothing.
For long-term needs, i.e., when fire victims will return to more permanent housing, Goodwill will partner with community organizations to supply affected families with credit vouchers to be used to purchase the specific items they need to establish a home. If the public would like to donate financial gifts to augment the voucher program, they can write a check to Southern Oregon Goodwill and send to 11 W. Jackson Street, Medford, OR 97501. Goodwill asks that they write Boles Fire or Weed Fire Victims in the memo of the check. They can also make a donation online at: http://www.sogoodwill.org/donate/financial-gifts/ 
United Way of Jackson County has also opened an account at U.S. Bank for the long-term healing of the communities affected by the Boles Fire burning in Weed, California. United Way said, “Weed and its surrounding communities have experienced devastation. These donations will be used to help them rebuild.”
Any donations made to these accounts at U.S. Bank branches will be sent directly to the community. Any U.S. Bank branch will receive donations in the United Way account. Also, American Red Cross and Salvation Army accept donations for the immediate disaster as well as the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, Community Disaster Relief Fund.
In addition to these accounts being set up, local community members are also stepping in to help the people in Weed displaced from the fire.
- Samantha Hamilton with the Lighthouse Family Worship Center will be accepting donations from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Center, located at 3500 Arrowhead Dr. in Medford. She said they’re asking for clean, non-ripped clothing, shoes and socks, any personal care items, non-perishable food and water, dog and cat food, and diapers.
The group will be traveling to Weed and delivering these donations on Thursday. If you have any questions, call 541-778-1255.
- Kelly’s Automotive Service is asking for donations to help the citizens in Weed, Ca. They are asking people please donate the following: clothing, shoes, food, bedding, Porta Cribs, Personal Care Items such as soap, shampoo, razors and toilet paper, also dog and cat food and cat litter and cat litter boxes.
Kelly’s Automotive is hoping to fill up two trucks and take the donations on Sunday. You can drop off your donations at Kelly’s Automotive in Grants Pass located at 1661 N.E. 6th St. or in Medford at 2990 Biddle Rd. Kelly’s is open from 8-6 pm Mon-Fri and Grants Pass is also open on Saturday from 8-2 pm. If you have questions, you can call the Medford shop at 541-830-4005 or in Grants Pass at 541-476-6964.
- Project Linus in Klamath Falls is collecting 850 new handmade blankets for the children in Weed, Ca. If you would like more information, contact Trudy Novak the chapter coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 541-884-2438. Projectlinus.org
- Stacie Skinner is leading a Southern Oregon Donation Drive for the residents affected by the Boles Fire. She is asking folks to donate clothing and food and essential items. She’s planning to take a motor home filled floor to ceiling with donations to Weed on Saturday. She’ll be making pick-ups at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, Pilot in Central Point, Pilot in Phoenix and then a last stop in Ashland. You can reach her at 541-415-1780 if you’d like to meet her at any of these pick-up points on Saturday.
- Garrison’s Home Furnishings in Central Point is operating as a donation site for anyone who would like to donate clothing, food or other items to the people affecting by the fire in Weed. You can drop off any donations from now until Sunday, Sept. 21st. On Sunday Garrison’s is planning to use their moving trucks to take the supplies they get to Weed. They are located at 6435 Crater Lake Highway.
- The North Valley Catholic Social Services website is also a place where people can go to donate to those impacted by the Boles fire. www.nvcss.org