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On September 12th the Willow community braved torrential rains and came out to assist families of the Sockeye Fire with a “Give and Take” event. The first three hours of this event was open to Sockeye Fire families only.
The Willow Recovery Team accepted and displayed generous donations of winter gear and other clothing, household goods, tools, books and much more from the community.
The Willow Iditaquilters and other quilting guilds throughout the valley provided extraordinary homemade quilts for more than 20 families that lost their homes. This generous offer was not simply one per house, but one for each bed in each home lost.
The Sunshine Clinic provided a nice selection of good, warm clothing and vouchers for medical and dental care.
The Lion’s Club had gift cards for new clothing and the Willow Food Pantry provided cleaning supplies and food.
Families were referred to St. Christopher’s the same day. Large number of donations were distributed from the Church to the families.
The event was supported by Job Corps students trained in event security, a group from the Air Force Reserve, the Willow Fire Dept., Elders from the LDS Church and Willow CERT.
The Willow Farmers Market generously loaned the tables and canopies and assisted with set up and take down.
In spite of the cool, wet weather it was a heartwarming event, thanks to the generosity of the community.