Many Whatcom County businesses and groups are raising money or collecting items for those affected by the March 22 Oso mudslide. Here are some ways you can help out:
Thursday, April 10
Concert, silent auction: Stay Oso Strong will feature Yogoman Burning Band, Staxx Brothers, Josh Clauson, Pacific High, Boombox Kid, and Critical Mass Marching Band performing in a benefit for mudslide victims at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music starting 6:30; the last act goes on at midnight.
Admission is by donation; proceeds from the door and auction to be split between the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team and the disaster relief account for Oso landslide victims through the Cascade Valley Hospital Health Foundation. Details: wildbuffalo.net.
Friday, April 11
Restaurant, brewery fundraiser: Bayou on Bay and Boundary Bay Brewery will take contributions and donate a percentage of their sales April 11 to the North Counties Relief Fund. Items are being sought for a raffle for that day as well. To donate directly to the fund, mail donations to North Counties Relief Fund, c/o Coastal Community Bank, P.O. Box 90, Darrington, WA 98241.
Volunteering: Do not go to the site to volunteer or drop off items. People are being turned away at the site. To check on ways you can volunteer or assist, go online to skagitvolunteercenter.org.
Grocery gift cards: Arlington native Molly Fay of Goods Nursery and Produce, 2620 Northwest Ave. in Bellingham, is working with grocery stores in Arlington and Darrington to provide $100 gift cards to affected families so they can buy what they need most. Donations can be made online at gofundme.com/7r3evg or at Goods.
Bank of America: Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Arlington Community Food Bank can do so at any Bank of America in Washington by using the account name "Arlington Community Food Bank Oso Mudslide Disaster Fund."
Community Food Co-op: Donations for the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross for mudslide relief are being taken at any register at both the downtown and Cordata stores.
Donating at Lynden businesses: Shell gas cards, duct tape, batteries, garbage bags, flashlights, boots, work gloves, bottled beverages, disposable tableware, cash, checks made out to Red Cross with Oso Landslide on remarks line and letters or cards of support for those victims still in the hospital are among the items being accepted at Beacon Insurance Group, 208 Third St. No. 2A; Banner Bank, 1980 Kok Road; Whatcom Farmers Co-op, 415 Depot Road; and Natural Way Chiropractics, 102 Grover St., Suite 100. To become a donation site, help deliver donations or for more information contact Jeanette Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-354-2578, or Lynda Williams, Lynda@beaconins.net, 360-354-3006.
Fred Meyer: Coin boxes at checkstands of stores across western Washington will collect donations for the Red Cross of Snohomish County.
Haggen: Local stores are collecting donations for the American Red Cross.
Lowe's: Donations for the American Red Cross for Oso mudslide assistance can be made at any Lowe's store.
North Coast Credit Union: Donations are accepted at any branch and will be sent to United Way of Snohomish County specifically for its mudslide relief fund that helps those affected by the mudslide and the community service agencies assisting them. You don't need to be a credit union member to donate. Local branches are at 1100 Dupont St. in Bellingham and 5657 Riverside Drive in Ferndale.
Red Cross: Donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or by going online to redcross.org. To donate $10, text redcross to 90999.
US Bank: People can donate to the "Northwest Response" fund for the Red Cross at US Bank branches.
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