Wildfire relief center opens

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 8:12am

East Texas wildires have consumed close to 60,000 acres in Marion and Cass counties, since they began burning over Labor Day weekend. That could include up to 100 homes. And now, a relief center is open to aid families who have lost everything.

The center opened Monday at 305 West Henderson Street in Jefferson. The Red Cross is there, along with a dozen local agencies, who are providing everything from legal aid to pet care. A donation center has also been opened at the Jefferson Community Center. Both sites will be open through at least Thursday.

Susan Campbell, a volunteer who's leading the relief efforts says they know what some needs are---but they need the public to let them know what else they can do. "There's lots of food and clothing from these agencies where they can go for that, but we don't exactly know, in terms of a rural community, what their needs might be. We need them to tell us."

The center is open for anyone displaced by the fires. And they're also accepting donations from the public that will go to help needy families. Items they're accepting include furniture, bedding, school supplies, kitchenware, linens, infant supplies, feed and hay, and non-perishable food staples. For more information, or to coordinate the delivery of bulky donation items, contact Alicia Toombs at 325-665-7066.

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