As wildfires continue to rage through Oregon’s lush greenery and hazardous air hangs over the state, many businesses have once again made the difficult decision to temporarily close for health and safety. Despite that, we’re also seeing Washington County businesses helping amid the wildfires and thanking firefighters on the front lines. These are just a few of the stories we’ve seen in our community.
Staff at Lionheart Coffee on Watson Avenue decided to stay open even while the Scholls location closed to offer their free bag lunches to people who rely on them.
Several businesses in Tigard joined forces to collect and deliver food and supplies to firefighters on the front lines. Symposium Coffee collected many truckloads of donations and other businesses including Curiosities Vintage and Musi’s on Main helped store and distribute supplies. Beach Hut Deli and Fat Milos and other restaurants contributed meals. Symposium also offered free coffee to evacuees and space for RV parking for evacuees. Now they are offering more help to displaced people and the homeless population affected by fires.
Beach Hut Deli also delivered pizzas from Firenza Pizza and then coffee and bagels from Prime Espresso to firefighters.
Big’s Chicken in Beaverton and its sister restaurants in Portland donated 5% of sales from the weekend to the Red Cross Cascades.
Stickmen Beer donated $1 of every beer purchased on Sept. 17 to the Northwest Response Fund.
Brickhaus Coffee is donating proceeds from pastry sales to a wildfire relief fund.
Oregonians are showing strength during yet another bout of hard times this year. It’s heartwarming to see businesses helping amid wildfires. This is a challenging time for many of us, especially those directly impacted by the fires. One of the easiest ways to help is by donating money to the American Red Cross. Portland TV station KGW teamed up with the Red Cross to create the Northwest Response Fund, which will help those affected by fires in Oregon and Washington. The Portland Trail Blazers also established a wildfire relief fundraising page through the Red Cross. You can also donate to the Salvation Army, which is offering meals at evacuation sites across the state.
If you’d like to donate supplies to evacuees in Clackamas County, learn how here >>>