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7/16/2013 6:01:00 AM
Organizations accepting donations for those affected by Yarnell Hill fire

The following is a list of organizations that are accepting donations or planning fundraisers for families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill fire on June 30 and the Yarnell residents who have been displaced by the fire.



An all-volunteer Yarnell Hill Recovery Group has formed with five key leaders - three from Yarnell and two from Peeples Valley and sub-committees set up to provide the array of services for residents. The group's website, www.YarnellHillRecoveryGroup.org will provide a single place for residents to get news about recovery efforts and connect with services. The Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church has set up a special account to help the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group through the National Bank of Arizona. The routing number is 122105320 and the account number is 7600002730. Checks payable to Yarnell Hill Recovery Group can be sent to Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, P.O. Box 1086, Yarnell AZ 85362. Donations are tax-deductible. Contact the steering committee at info@yarnellhillrecoverygroup.org. Residents' immediate needs are cash and travel trailers so people have somewhere to stay on their property while they are rebuilding. Anyone who has a trailer to loan or donate should contact Kathleen Stowe at 928-231-9341.



United Way of Yavapai County no longer needs clothing and shoes for the Yarnell Hill fire victims whose homes have been destroyed or damaged

However, United Way is collecting food items, pet food, toiletries, napkins, refrigerators, hanging mirrors, bug spray, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, brooms, mops, dustpans, buckets, paper towels, boxes of heavy trash bags and cleaning agents (such as bleach and detergent) to remove smoke and slurry. Yarnell Residents who are returning to their property need face masks for cleaning up outside, along with outdoor tools, such as rakes, shovels, and heavy-duty trash bags.

Donations can be taken to warehouse space at the far-western end of the backside of the Boulders shopping center on Gail Gardner Way. The drop-off site will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. United Way needs volunteers to help with in-take and sorting of items, as well as to help people shop the donations. For information, call Yvonne at UWYC, 778-6605 or (cell) 899-7390.



The Yavapai College Foundation is creating the Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund for community college needs of the children and spouses of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots team members. The college ensures that two-year scholarships will be available to the family members for attending Yavapai College, or the equivalent amount will be portable to any college they choose to attend. Once the higher education needs of the families are met, any additional funds will be used to provide scholarships for students in the fire science program. People can donate to the scholarship online at http://www.yc.edu/hotshots, by calling the Yavapai College Foundation at 928-776-2025 or mailing a donation to Yavapai College Foundation, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott AZ 86301.



T-shirts honoring the Hotshots are available from Prescott Firefighters Charities, part of the Prescott Fire Department at www.prescottffcharities.org/granite-mountain-hotshot-memorial-shirt or at Albertsons, Fry's, and Safeway stores in Prescott, Chino Valley and Prescott Valley and also through Prescott Hotshots and Prescott Fire Department at http://www.granite19.com/Shirts. All orders are received, packaged and shipped by members of the Prescott Hotshots and Prescott Fire Department.



Madshirtz at 1442 W. Gurley is selling commemorative T-shirts, with the entire cost of the shirts to benefit the Hotshots' families. The shirts are $15.



Tickets are sold out for the Dierks Bentley Country Cares concert that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley to benefit families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, according to Bentley's website. Proceeds will be distributed by United Phoenix Firefighters Charities. Donations are still be accepted. For information, visit http://www.gotcountryonline.com/2013/07/12/dierks-bentley-sells-out-his-country-care-concert-with-the-band-perry-david-nail-and-randy-houser/



Prescott Medical Imaging is conducting "Dinner for the Firefighters" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at its location at 810 Whipple St. All proceeds will go to the 100 Club of Arizona to benefit Hotshot families. Cost is $12 per person for the meal and includes a remembrance bracelet. The event will feature a silent auction, dunk tank, bounce castle, live music and face painting.



A Prescott Strong Fundraiser, sponsored by business owners on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, on the Row to benefit Hotshot families and Yarnell residents. The event will feature live music, food vendors, a silent auction and beer distributors will be on hand. A highlight will be a special Honor Tent for the fallen firefighters. The event is free, but a suggested minimum donation will be accepted at the gate. Wristbands will be given to those who wish to drink alcohol, with proper identification. For more information, contact Dave Michelson at 928-710-6861, Prescott City Councilman Charlie Arnold at 928-777-1351 or Matt Brassard at 928-848-4182.



The Arts and Craft Show, sponsored by the Williamson Valley Fire District, on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, will pay tribute to the fallen Hotshots from noon to 5 p.m on Sunday. The Prescott Antique Auto Club will display its array of vintage autos and antique fire truck on Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Williamson Valley Fire District and also the training activities of the Prescott Fire Department and the Central Yavapai, Chino Valley, Groom Creeek, Williamson Valley and Mayer fire districts.



The Celtic Guard, in conjunction with Western Collectibles and Firearms, will conduct a drawing for a 1911 Colt Commander handgun, donated by the Ruger Company on July 30. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Western Collectibles and Firearms Gun Show that runs through today at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley or through the website, WCFCgunshows.com. Additional prizes will include holsters, camping gear, knives and other outdoor equipment and supplies donated by vendors at the show. All proceeds will go to victims of the Yarnell Hill fire.



The Arizona School Boards Association is conducting a statewide drive to provide financial assistance necessary to meet the full range of education needs for the children and families of the 19 Hotshots. The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Education Fund will provide the 13 children, three unborn children and spouses and fiancées of the crew members all reasonable assistance with education needs from early childhood until the youngest child reaches age 22. The goal is to raise $5 million. The fund has been established with Wells Fargo, account number 8008516158. In addition, donors may mail checks made out to the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Education Fund, with the account number noted on the memo line, and sent to the fund's fiscal agent, the Arizona School Boards Assocation, 2100 N. Central Ave., Suite 200, Phoenix AZ 85004, for deposit into the account.



The Yavapai Food Bank is collecting food and water for residents of Yarnell and surrounding communities from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some kind of proof of address, such as a driver's license, is all that is necessary. The food bank is located at 8866 East Long Mesa Drive, Prescott Valley. For information, call 775-5255,



The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild is coming together in a "collabrew," led by the Prescott Brewing Company, which will brew "Heroes 19," with 19 different hops and a 19 on the color scale to create an American brown ale. The Prescott Brewing Company will create the commemorative ale in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots on Thursday and Friday of next week. All proceeds will go to Prescott Firefighters Charities to help families of the Hotshots. Partnering with Prescott Brewing Company in the project are the 35 members of the craft brewers guild, many of whom have donated hops for the special beer. Prescott Brewing Company is directly affected by the tragedy, because one of its employees was on the Hotshot crew. The Heroes 19 will be available for purchase at breweries around the state about Aug. 1.



Foulmouth Productions will present Metal for Heroes to benefit families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots on July 20 at both the Drunken Lass Irish Pub and Scotties Prescott, which will open their stages to up to 20 metal bands from both Prescott and other state locations. One-hundred percent of the $10 donations for admission to the shows will go to the 100 Club of Arizona to help Hotshot families.



The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, together with Prescott Fire Fighters Charities, has established a 501©3 relief fund at any Chase bank. Ask for the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Account set up to benefit firefighters' families. Visit www.yarnellfallenfirefighters.com for complete information. Donors may donate to this account using PayPal or mail their donations to UPFFA, 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix, AZ, 85012. All of the tax-deductible contributions will go to the firefighters families. The site states donations may also be made through the 100 Club or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.



The 100 Club of Arizona is raising money for the families of the fallen firefighters.

Donors may click on a link on its website, www.100club.org, to contribute to the club's Survivors Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

They also may mail checks to the club at 5033 N. 19th Ave., Suite 123, Phoenix, AZ 85015. To donate directly to the families, indicate on the memo line of the check Phoenix Firefighters Union Relief Fund.

Checks may be payable to the union relief fund to the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

For more information, call (602) 485-0100.



United Way of Yavapai County has established an account at National Bank of Arizona to benefit families of the 19 firefighters and Yarnell victims who have lost their homes. Donations to the Yarnell Fire Fund can be made in person at any National Bank of Arizona branch, through United Way's website, www.unitedwayyavapai.org or by mailing a check made out to "Yarnell Fire Fund" to UWYC, 634 Schemmer Drive, Suite 302, Prescott AZ 86305. One-hundred percent of the donations will be distributed to the Hotshots' families and Yarnell residents. UWYC will not take an administrative fee from this fundraiser, executive director Melanie Jacobson said.



American Red Cross does not accept food or clothing donations. The best way to help is through financial donations by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation off your next wireless bill; call 1-800-733-2767; visiting www.redcross.org/donate or mailing a check to American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix AZ 85015.



The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation (YCCF) has set up a Disaster Relief Fund to address needs resulting from the Yarnell Hill fire. Donors may give online with a credit card at www.azfoundaton.org/yarnellfire or by calling 602-682-2042.



Arizona State Credit Union is accepting donations to help families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Visit one of its statewide locations. The credit union will match up to $20,000 of direct contributions. The credit union is also offering emergency financial assistance to community members. Call 800-671-1098 or stop in a credit union branch.



The Hair Nail and Skin Institute, 23775 E. Highway 69 in Prescott, will show support to firefighters, law enforcement officers and other first responders, as well as evacuees, by offering free haircuts and hand and foot treatments for the remainder of the year. People must provide documentation to qualify.



The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation has set up a fund and donations may be mailed to P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or by credit card at www.regionline.com/yarnellhill..



C-A-L Ranch Stores are accepting donations at their Prescott, Flagstaff and Show Low locations to support the Yarnell community and help families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. All donations will be split equally between the Yavapai County Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the 100 Club. Donations will be accepted through July 31.



Military-Graphics has designed a decal that pays tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. All proceeds from sales go to Prescott Fire Fighters Charities. To see the decal and order, log onto www.military-graphics.com.



Local Girl Scouts will collect non-perishable food items, clothing, toiletries, school supplies and small household goods to help Yarnell Hill fire victims from 9 a.m. to noon July 20 at the YMCA, 750 Whipple St.



The Salvation Army is helping Yarnell residents by providing social services, expanded meals, and emotional and spiritual care.

To donate, visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/southwest/Yarnell-Fire , or call (800) 725-2769) and designate "AZ Fires." Checks can also be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 80066, Prescott, AZ 86304. Please designate "AZ Fires."

Donors also may text IGIVE AZ to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army opened two assistance centers Monday in Yarnell to aid residents affected by the fire. The centers are located at the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church and at the State Individual Assistance Center at the Yarnell Senior Center. The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Salvation Army staff is providing services that include food, cleanup kits, utility aid and temporary housing.



AAA Arizona is collecting water and nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army at its offices statewide. Triple A will collect food and water for victims of the fire through July 19.

For more information, log onto AAA.com.



The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, in cooperation with local support efforts in Arizona, has set up a national fund to accept donations to help survivors and co-workers of the 19 fallen firefighters. The Arizona Line of Duty Death Response Team, which is affiliated with the foundation, activated its services Sunday. For more information, call (301) 447-1365, or visit www.firehero.org.



On Aug. 19, Talking Rock Ranch will host a golf tournament and fundraiser in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Proceeds, administered by the United Phoenix Firefighters Association (UPFFA), will go to families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. The tournament will tee off with a shot-gun start at 10:30 a.m. Lunch, dinner and a commemorative item will be included in the entry fee. Individuals can reserve a spot for $500. Golfers signing up as a foursome can purchase their round for a total of $1,800. Major corporate sponsorships are available, starting at $5,000 and include golf at Talking Rock and special recognition. Cash donations of any amount are welcome. Donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible. The goal is to raise $250,000. For information and details, contact the Talking Rock Fundraising Committee at 928-493-2603 or email trfundraiser@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to UPFFA and mailed to Talking Rock Ranch, 15075 N. Talking Rock Ranch Road, Prescott AZ 86305.







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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Who deserves What?

Is anyone in charge of tracking the donatons, where they are going, etc?

This tragedy could end up as a major scam resujlting from emotionalism. We donated to the Fire Dept on Iron Springs knowing that will go to firefighter's families.

How much insurance did Prescott carry on.
n these firefighters? Less than a million? Who is deciding who gets what in donations of goods and money?

Think all should step back, take and accounting before procedeing with more donations and report to the Prescott community.

Why do folks that chose to live in a fire trap area and 19 lost their lives defending their personal property feel entitled to recovery of or better than what they had?

Don't let emotions/guilt run rampart over reality and clear thinking.


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Organization is Paramount: I've noticed a lot of confusion lately. I hope these organizations begin to cooperate and coordinate properly. Instead of turning someone away, they should look at what other organizations are doing and make referrals.

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Organization Is Paramount!

Emotional issues run rampart re this tragedy! Please think carefully...The Prescott Firefighters on Iron Springs was a place for monetary donations. It is obvious that 100 per cent would go for survivors/family benefits.

There are too many random charities...some saying no more clothing donations...others asking for clothing donations. Too much donated food, not enough donated food. Checks/balances, folks!

There is a need for help...but, please, take a deep breath and organize this effort. Why collect 1.4 tons of food and not have a place to store it. This donation effort should be for ONLY the benefit of the deceased firefighter's families and evacuees period. Again check and balance!

One donation source, period.

Help it definitely needed, but be certain it is done in an organized fashion.


Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: To Check Your Facts

Here is a fact that you may have overlooked or forgotten. The 100 Club gave each family a check for $15,000 (total $285,000) before they had received any donations for the Granite Mountain Hotshots. This money came from funds they had raised earlier, perhaps in memory of another fallen firefighter or police officer. You can check out their website to see the many things they do.

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Ralph Harrison

Press reports have indicated that an account has been established at Chase Bank for the Restoration of the beautiful Shrine of St. Joseph in Yarnell which suffered significant damage.

It would be very useful to know more about this fund, including who is running it and what its goals are.


Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Branden Brown

just a follow up, all money I raise is being donated to Prescott Fire Fighter Charities (prescottffcharities.org)

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Branden Brown

Hi Folks. if you want to know someone local doing decals with 8 ouf of every 10 dollars donated ( $2 goes towards material only ) I am in Prescott Valley and am doing 7'' and 12'' decals to honor the fallen firefighters. I have grown up here and knew some of the guys, so I'm trying to do anything I can to help out. so far I have raised over $1900 to donate. Red Beard Graphics 8182 E Ashley Dr. in Prescott Valley - you can see the decals by going on facebbok and searching for Red Beard Graphics

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Mudd Groove

We will be doing a benefit for the school district of Yarnell for kids clothing and supplies July 28 @ Gurley St. Sports Pub. noon-midnight with 6+ bands and ALL proceeds go to Yarnell families in need! Come help those who need it! Contact. www.muddgroove@yahoo.com

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Article comment by: Regina Mixon

Would like to know how to give handmade afghans to the families.

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Article comment by: Ann Doherty

http://www.military-graphics.com/index.html
After some creative searching I founditi. Here is the link we can use to see and buy the decal Steve.


Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Article comment by: Briana N.

Thank you posting about the Rock The Quad concert. However I would like to provide a few corrections. My email in case someone would like to donate or help is briana@greenkiterecords.com
Our facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/rockthequad

Hope to see everyone there :)


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Article comment by: Check your Facts

Please be careful with your writing. With regards to:
"The 100 Club of Arizona is raising money for the families of the fallen firefighters" you wrote "the" fallen firefighters alluding that The Prescott 19. The 100 Club is NOT giving all the money raised for the 19 to the 19 families. It is "accepting" donations in "MEMORY" of the 19 firefighters. They said on a TV interview that they would help with some needs as they come up for the families, but would be determine by them.

All the money that Prescott Firefighters Charities.ORG is raising is 100% of ALL monies raised to the Prescott 19 Families


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Article comment by: Arrt Lewis

Thank you all, as a Prescott Red Cross member involved in these tragedies, I would like to acknowledge Fry's Markets who stepped up with 100 thousand bottles of water, trucks, 32 thousand pounds of ice and anything else needed. They could not do enough to help. Thank you Fry's Markets for you care.

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Article comment by: steve hyslop

Tried to log on to www.military-graphics.com.
Says there is no such site. Do we have a correct site?




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