Ways you can help the Oso community

Published on Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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All across western Washington and B.C., groups and individuals are rallying to help the victims of the Oso mudslide. 

A number of people in Blaine and Birch Bay have asked how they can help; the following is a list of charitable organizations and events that are supporting the recovery efforts.

When donating, it is important to indicate the funds are for Oso. (Please donate wisely. The Secretary of State Office warns that scam artists will pose as charity operations.)

How to donate money

Red Cross:  Call 800/RedCross or donate online at redcross.org. You can also text the words RedCross to 90999 and $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill. Red Cross of Snohomish County is also taking donations online.

United Way: Learn how to donate at uwsc.org  Checks can be sent to United Way of Snohomish County, Attn: Finance Dept., 3120 McDougall Avenue, Ste. 200, Everett, WA 98201.

Salvation Army: Donate by phone at 800/725-2769, online at salvationarmynw.org or by mail to Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N. #300, Seattle, WA, 98109. Designate your gift as “Oso Disaster Relief.”

Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation: The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is taking cash and check donations. You can donate online at cascadevalley.org/foundation or by phone at 360/435-2133, ext. 7805. You can also mail donations to 330 S. Stillaguamish Avenue in Arlington.

US Bank: People can donate to the “Northwest Response” fund for the Red Cross at US Bank branches.

Animal Rescue Foundation: If you would like to make a monetary donation to help the animals affected by the Oso landslide, go to everettarf.org.

Local events

The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham is hosting a concert and silent auction on April 10. Stay Oso Strong will feature Yogoman Burning Band, Staxx Brothers, Josh Clauson, Pacific High, Boombox Kid, and Critical Mass Marching Band, performing in a benefit for mudslide victims at 208 W. Holly Street, Bellingham. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m.

 Admission is by donation. Proceeds from tickets and the auction will be split between the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team and the disaster relief account for Oso landslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Health Foundation. For more information, visit wildbuffalo.net.

Ongoing Collections

Grocery gift cards: Arlington native Molly Fay of Goods Nursery and Produce, 2620 Northwest Avenue, in Bellingham, is working with grocery stores in Arlington and Darrington to provide $100 gift cards to affected families so they can buy what they need most. Donations can be made online at gofundme.com/7r3evg or at Goods Nursery.

Volunteering: Do not go to the site to volunteer or drop off items. People are being turned away at the site. To check on ways you can volunteer or assist, go online to skagitvolunteercenter.org.

Community Food Co-op: Donations for the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross for mudslide relief are being taken at any register at both the downtown and Cordata stores.

Fred Meyer: There are coin boxes at check stands of stores across Western Washington will collect donations over the next two weeks for the Red Cross of Snohomish County.

Haggen: Local stores are collecting donations for the American Red Cross for the next month or so.

Lowe’s: Donations for the American Red Cross can be made at any Lowe’s store.