By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Though the memorial service has been held, tears will continue to be shed for the brave firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire just over a week ago. Their caskets have made the long journey to Prescott and their bodies have been laid to rest. The wildfire that the 19 members of the Hotshot crew fought is now fully contained. But left behind in the inferno's charred path are over 100 destroyed homes. That means families just up the road from Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance have been left with close to nothing and need your help.
Over the weekend Angel MedFlight joined with Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale helping to raise over $100,000 for the families of the fallen firefighters and the Yarnell community. But there is still a great need for clothing and other items and Angel MedFlight is supporting the Arizona Business Aviation Association to aid in collecting those items.
AZBAA is announcing drop
The other locations are:
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 12001 N. 35th Avenune, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Flipside, 4874 S. Val Vista, Gilbert, AZ 85298
Gordon & Rees LLP, 111 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1600, Phoenix, AZ 85003
What items are needed? Imagine you've lost your home and virtually all of its contents. Our displaced friends in Yarnell need non-perishable food items. Sure, canned goods are great, but as we heard in a recent AZBAA meeting, the folks in Yarnell need canned foods with meat in them. So think of donating canned chili with meat, cans of pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs. If you donate a box of Tuna Helper, donate cans of tuna with it. And what good is a large can of beef stew that feeds four without a can opener? Donate one of those if you can.
The displaced residents in Yarnell can also use gently used clothing, so now's the time to go into the closet and give away those clothes you wore once and never really liked the color. Those hardly worn jeans that don't fit you anymore will be a godsend for a person who's lost everything in Yarnell.
Don't forget the little ones. Our small children grow out of their clothes so quickly and now there are kids in Yarnell who need things to wear. You've thought about giving away your toddler's shirts and pants and infant pajamas? Bring them to a drop box location and they'll get in the hands of the people who really need them.
Personal hygiene items are always appreciated during a natural disaster. Items such as shampoo, soap, shaving cream, razors and bath tissue can also be donated.
The fire is out, but the suffering of these displaced residents will go on for weeks, months and possibly years as they rebuild. Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance thanks you in advance for your generosity.