A wildfire in the small town of Yarnell took the lives of 19 firefighters and destroyed about 50 homes.
Communities and organizations throughout Arizona have responded in a big way through donations, fundraisers, support and many other efforts.
The MUSIC Foundation of Arizona, Arizona Jazz Festival, AP and Associates, LLC and Phoenix city councilman Michael Johnson teamed up with several famous artists for an "All-Star Jam" Concert to benefit families of the fallen firefighter. It was held Aug. 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.
HyBikes has donated a vehicle to a woman who lost everything in the Yarnell Hill Fire. HyBikes is a full service electric bike shop
X-Treme Apparel, a garment and specialty product decorator in the screen print and embroidery business, continues to raise money for the families of the fallen firefighters. On July 19, they began selling the "God Created Firemen" tribute T-shirt.
The first shirt they sold was a commemorative T-shirt with a design and lettering that reads, "Arizona Remembers 6-30-13."
The price of each shirt or hat is $10. The company said it has raised about $70,000 and expects to break the $100,000 mark. Xtreme Apparel said it is still looking for a retail partner to help distribute the T-shirts.
The company said it has helped raise substantial amounts of money numerous times for tragic events like Arizona's Rodeo-Chediski wildfire.
The Salvation Army is asking that material donations such as clothing and household goods be taken to one of several Salvation Army locations around the Phoenix area. At this time, they are asking that furniture not be donated. One of the largest needs for Yarnell residents are refrigerators, so financial donations to the Salvation Army are being taken for that purpose. Anyone wanting to make a donation are asked to specify "Yarnell Fire Victims." Please do not donate used refrigerators. There are some donation sites around Prescott that are still taking clothes and other items, but they are also filling up fast. Call 928-771-3321 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. with any questions.
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale received an email from a member of the Scottsdale HOG Chapter wanting to support the families of the fallen firefighters. The "How can we help?" email prompted Harley-Davidson to rally the biker community. More than 2,000 people gathered at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, and Go AZ Motorcycles on Saturday to pay tribute to the firefighters. The all-day event raised more than $120,000 and supporters filled a truck with everything from clothes to bed frames. The founder and CEO of Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles, Bob Parsons, announced that The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation will contribute $100,000 to the 100 Club of Arizona's Survivors Assistance Fund, which provides immediate and long-term support services to the families. According to Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Angel MedFlight Worldwide also partnered with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, and offered an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii as a raffle prize. The raffle prize winner elected to forgo the trip and give the dollar value to the 100 Club of Arizona, adding $3,000 to the total gift.
Country music star Dierks Bentley was the lead in a benefit concert called Country Cares to raise funds for the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. The concert was at July 22 at Tim's Toyota Center at 3201 N. Main St. in Prescott Valley.
All concert proceeds will go to the 19 families of the fallen firefighters of the Prescott Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots, distributed by United Phoenix Firefighters Charities. The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization has established a fund for the families, and with their support, the Golden Eagle Hotshot wildland firefighter and his family are selling a memorial T-shirt with all profits going specifically to the families. To order your memorial T-shirt or make a donation, go to events.org/Prescott19.
Here are some other ways to help the victims and their families:
A donation center has been set up, and is running behind the Big Lots in Prescott. The United Way is collecting donations and allowing evacuees to pick up anything from clothing to appliances. For additional information, you can contact the United Way of Yavapai County at 928-443-5321 or on their website at unitedwayyavapai.org.
National Bank of Arizona has established a donation bank account through the United Way of Prescott, to benefit the families of the firefighters.
The fund also will be used to assist the residents of Yarnell, whose homes were destroyed by the blaze. Donations can be made to United Way of Yavapai County, FBO Yarnell Hill Fire Fund, No. 0440011985 at any NB|AZ branch in Arizona.
In addition, NB|AZ has committed to making contributions to the 100 Club of Arizona and the American Red Cross, along with individual cash gifts to the immediate family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, who were lost in the fire.
People can make individual or corporate donations at any Chase Bank. Make checks out to: United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Account, account No. 987218757. Chase also announced that it will make a $10,000 donation to the Arizona Community Foundation to support long-term recovery efforts. The foundation and its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation are matching gifts to a Disaster Relief Fund up to $125,000. Give online at azfoundation.org/yarnellfire. If donors have any questions, they can contact the UPFFA Office at 602-277-1500.
The United Phoenix Firefighters Association, together with Prescott Firefighter's Charities, has established a 501(c)3 relief fund to handle donations to benefit the families of the fallen killed in the Yarnell Fire. Every penny, 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation, will go to benefit the families of crew members who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury hosted a monetary donation drive in support of the families and victims. All proceeds from the drive benefited the 100 Club of Arizona, and is used to assist survivors, cover costs for flights of family members of the victims, help the injured and purchase replacement equipment for the Prescott Fire Department.
Arizona Diamondbacks fans can donate here: http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/community/19.jsp, with each donation being matched by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation up to $100,000. Fans who donate $19 or more will be entered for a chance to win a team-signed home white jersey with the name "Yarnell" and No. 19.
Safeway is donating food, beverages and other supplies to help people affected by the sweeping fires in Yarnell. In addition, Safeway is providing food and water for firefighters battling the wildfires. Within hours of the initial fire, Safeway sent multiple trucks filled with dozens of pallets of water and energy drinks, and local stores had donated ice, breakfast and sandwiches to first responders on the front lines.
Rula Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant, in partnership with the 100 Club of Arizona, has commissioned T-shirts to raise funds for the families of the Granite Mountain firefighters who lost their lives in the Yarnell blaze. The T-shirts are $20 and the proceeds will be donated to the 100 Club of Arizona. They can be purchased at Rula Bula at 401 S Mill Ave., Tempe.
The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation, is matching gifts to its Disaster Relief Fund, dollar-for-dollar, up to $125,000, to address needs resulting from the wildfire currently burning in Yarnell. The Arizona Community Foundation says $100,000 of the matching funds were received in the past 24 hours from generous community partners wanting to help and encourage others to give, including $25,000 from the Chauncey Foundation.
A charity benefit golf tournament to raise funds for the families of the Prescott 19 will be held at the Prescott Golf & Country Club on Aug. 18. Events for the day include a four-person scramble, a silent and live auction and raffles to raise funds for the families of the Prescott 19. To register, call Jessica Hall at 928-772-8984.
Toyota has provided a $50,000 donation, to be divided between the 100 Club of Arizona and the Yarnell Community Center, to aid and support families of the 19 firefighters, who lost their lives and the families who lost their homes in the fire.
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