It’s been nearly a month since the mudslide in Oso shifted the landscape and ripped apart a community. Groups across the state have banded together to help and local Windermere foundation director Becki Taylor is working closely with Gary Ray, a pastor in the Oso community, to identify current needs in the area.
In addition to supporting slide response workers, the group has rented a home to receive desperately needed food bank donations, as it anticipated the communities will face months of economic hardship as a result of the road closures and overall challenge created by the slide.
The Windermere of Whatcom County Foundation has taken on the goal of filling that house with nonperishable food and household items through the generosity of their agents, clients and the Whatcom County community. Many have asked what can be done aside from the supporting the work of agencies such as the Red Cross and United Way. This project provides an opportunity to get support directly to the food bank with donations as small as a can of food to a shopping cart of household needs.
All Whatcom County Windermere offices will serve as drop stations. They will deliver the donations by truck to Oso over the coming weeks and will be accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cash donations cannot be accepted but donors are encouraged to give to agencies such as Red Cross or United Way.