PHELAN – The Blue Cut Fires tore through homes, land and the once-secure feeling of many who lived in its path. Now, just several days after the fire became 100% contained, much of the unaffected parts of the community have moved on. This is while hundreds of people, both children and adults have lost everything including their homes, their memories and some even lost a pet or pets. Community churches, organizations and just regular people continue to bring assistance to those in affected.
The staff at High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS), the local homeless shelter knows the despair that comes with the loss of a home and understands that an unexpected tragic event only magnifies those feelings. Jimmy Waldron, the Executive Director of HDHS has seen flyers circulating seeking clothing for those who now have nothing and wanted to help. “The community has been so nice to us, helping us to get our clients to that next level in life,” said Waldron. “A lot of us at the shelter were affected by the fire, either directly or with family members who had to be evacuated. We saw there was a need for help of donations and what better way to use some of the donations given to us than to help those in the community who have lost so much.”
The clothing donated by HDHS is going to an event planned that will not only assist those affected by the Blue Cut Fire with food and clothing but will also help to put a smile on their faces. On September 3rd and 4th, there is a planned hot dog cookout 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the T-Birds, located at 3936 Phelan Road next to the Pizza Factory. This event will have live bands performing and Santa Claus, yes in September, will be there to say hello to the children. The Red Cross will be available to offer resources to those affected.
They are still seeking additional donations of clothes, bedding, houseware items, toiletries, toys, baby wipes. Diapers, etc. Those wishing to donate can contact Joanna Langley (602)628-2300.
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