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Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office collects donations to help, honor Carr Fire victims

The sheriff's office became involved because of a personal connection between one staff member and the Bledsoe family who lost their lives in the fire.

Posted: Aug 9, 2018 6:05 PM

Volunteers from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office collected and delivered several truckloads of donations to The Outlet on South Market Street in Redding Thursday.

“Most of the stuff that we have here today are clothes nonperishable food items, toiletry items,things for babies, diapers, wipes,” Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office public information officer Kelly Giordano said.

She said the donation drive was organized in just one day, and it all started because of a personal connection of one of their staff to members of the Bledsoe family who lost their lives in the fire.

“It came to our attention by one of the family members that they really wanted to honor the loss of James and Emily and would we be willing to partner with a nonprofit to help with the relief effort for the Carr Fire,” Giordano said.

They partnered with Pedro GTP Relief, a recently-formed, local nonprofit that came into being in response to the Carr Fire.

“What we're trying to show is communities can stick together, and it's got a lot bigger,” Delbert Clark said. “We've had communities from all over the state. We've had people from Sonoma that still haven't rebuilt from their fire here day after day after day donating.”

Giordano said she know some people lost everything in the fire and are having to start over.

And she hopes these donations help not just now, but later down the road as well.

“It's the long haul,” Giordano said. “As they find a house, they can come back here and they can start to maybe get blankets or a couch or a table and chairs, try and get assemblance of family back for their households.”

Victims of the Carr Fire can stop by The Outlet in the old Bed Mart building on South Market Street during normal business hours to get assistance.

Clark said they're also looking for volunteers to help sort through and distribute all the donations.

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