Yarnell Hill Fire - How to Help
The loss of 19 firefighters battling the Yarnell Hill Fire has touched many people across the state, including employees on the University of Arizona campus. If you'd like to help the families who lost loved ones or those who lost their homes, below are some ways you can do so.
- The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is accepting monetary donations to help provide food, water and beds to evacuees staying at shelters at Yavapai College and Wickenburg High School. To donate, go to http://www.redcross.org/az/phoenix/ways-to-donate. Donations also can be made by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
- To make a donation to the 100 Club of Arizona's Survivor Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, go to: http://www.100club.org/web/100CLUB/GetInvolved/Fund.aspx. Eighteen of the 19 firefighters who died were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The 100 Club is a charity that helps the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
- To make a donation with your smartphone to either the Red Cross or the 100 Club, text the word "FIRE" to 411923, 620620 or 411987. A response will be sent with links to both.
- The United Phoenix Firefighters Association and Prescott Firefighter's Charities have established a relief fund to handle donations to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters. Individual or corporate donations can be made at any Chase Bank. Make checks out to: United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Account, Account #987218757. For more information, call 602-277-1500.
- The Arizona Community Foundation is matching donations to its Disaster Relief Fund up to $100,000 to go toward long-term relief for displaced families.