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Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

How to help, where to donate to recovery efforts

Where to donate
Red Cross: If you wish to help victims of the Oso mudslide, cash donations are preferred. The American Red Cross is no longer collecting items. Go to the Red Cross of Snohomish County at www.redcross.org/snoco to donate. People also can text "RedCross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
United Way has established a community-wide recovery fund to assist those affected by the mudslide. All money raised will go to the recovery effort. Give at www.uwsc.org; text OSO to 37284 to donate any amount; or send checks to: United Way of Snohomish County, Attn: Finance Dept., 3120 McDougall Ave., Ste. 200, Everett, WA 98201. For updates on dollars raised and distributed, go to uwsc.org/recoveryfund.php.
The Salvation Army is collecting donations for local disaster relief efforts. Donate by phone at 800-725-2769, online at www.salvationarmynw.org or by mail to the Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N. #300, Seattle, WA, 98109. Designate your gift as "disaster relief."
The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected. The Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington treated several victims in the aftermath of the mudslide. Donate at http://bit.ly/1lqjpXz or by phone at 360-435-2133, ext. 7805. You can drop off/mail donations to 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington or donate to the fund through an account at any Union Bank, or mail to Union Bank, attn: Tina Davis, P.O. Box 278, Arlington WA 98223.
The Coastal Community Bank is accepting donations for slide victims at all branches: Darrington, Camano Island, Everett, Monroe, Stanwood, Sultan, Silver Lake, Smokey Point, Snohomish and Whidbey Island.
A special mudslide relief campaign has been organized by the Community Fund Drive, state government's workplace giving program that invites state and higher education employees to give to the charity of their choice. For information, go to www.cfd.wa.gov.
The Greater Everett Community Foundation's Oso Emergency Fund will aid in long-term recovery and community rebuilding efforts. This could include relief for displaced families and individuals, animal welfare, environmental needs, community cleanup, rebuilding and more. To donate, go to www.greatereverettcf.org or mail checks to GECF, P.O. Box 5549, Everett, WA 98206.
The Family Support and Resource Center is in direct contact with Darrington families providing resources that will support them long term. The funds are also distributed by a team of school board members and community leaders. 360-436-0308. 1078 Fir Street, Darrington, WA 98241.
The Oso Chapel and Fruitful Farm have established a donation fund that will go directly to the families affected by the slide. Go to www.osomudsliderelief.org.
Catholic Community Services is helping to cover the cost of funerals. Go to www.ccsww.org to make a donation.
Habitat for Humanity is helping in the repair and rebuilding efforts for families affected by the slide. Visit www.habitatsnohomish.org to apply for a Habitat home, make a donation or volunteer.
Other fundraisers
  • The Darrington Community Center welcomes any donations brought into the center. 360-436-1217. 570 Sauk Ave., Darrington, WA 98241.
  • The Oso Mudslide Relief Community Collection Center is looking for volunteers to move and inventory donations, transport goods, provide housing and help with website maintenance. Go to http://osomudsliderelief.wix.com/osomudsliderelief.
  • Arlington and Bothell Helping Hands locations are currently accepting donations, including clothes, food and toys. Every little bit helps. 360-435-2214. 18722 59th Ave NE Arlington, WA 98223.
  • The Orcas Island Booster Club is raising money with "Step Up To The Plate For Darrington." The fundraiser was organized by Orcas Island student athletes who play against Darrington. Go to www.orcasboosters.org.
  • KeyBank Stanwood is raising money for Amanda Skorjanc, a teller, and her 6-month-old baby, who were both seriously injured and are hospitalized. They lost their home, belongings and car. KeyBank has opened a contribution account to benefit Amanda and her family. 360-629-6489.
  • Gas cards for the long commutes many Darrington residents now face can be donated by mailing checks with "gas card" on the memo line to P.O. Box 90 Darrington, WA 98241.
  • The Darrington Food Bank is accepting donations but would like people to call ahead of time so they can coordinate dropoff and storage of donations. 360-436-1833.
  • The Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Team is taking donations through their website, www.scvsar.org, or mailed to 5506 Old Machias Rd., Snohomish, WA 98290. Donations can be earmarked for the helicopter rescue team, operations support unit, K-9 unit or swiftwater team.
  • The Granite Falls High School ASB Leadership Class has been collecting monetary donations for the American Red Cross to help support those who have been affected by the disaster. These will be collected at the front office of the high school. Contact Debbie Lindahl at 360-691-7713.
  • The city of Darrington has said people looking to donate by mail can send a check made out to "North Counties Relief Fund" at Coastal Community Bank, P.O. Box 90, Darrington, WA 98241.
  • Bank of America is raising money to support the American Red Cross and the Arlington Community Food Bank. You can donate to the "Arlington Community Food Bank Oso Mudslide Disaster Fund" at any of the bank's locations.
  • The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is accepting donations for Oso mudslide relief. Take or send a donation to Union Bank, P.O. Box 278, Arlington, or drop by any Union Bank in Smokey Point, Arlington, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Monroe, Everett and Stanwood.
  • Catholic Community Services of Western Washington is accepting donations to pay for funerals and provide other help for families who lost loved ones in the Oso mudslide. The Catholic churches will provide services and burials for slide victims of any faith. Donate online at www.ccsww.org/site/PageServer, or mail checks to Catholic Community Services, attn: Oso Mudslide. 100 23rd Ave. S., Seattle.
Businesses pitching in
  • The Pazzaz Hair Design salon, 517 N. Olympic Ave. in Arlington, is giving money from each haircut to victims. 360-435-2975.
  • Fred Meyer and QFC locations in Snohomish County have changed their checkstand coin boxes to benefit the American Red Cross. QFC customers can also donate through checkstand scan cards.
  • Arlington Acupuncture is providing free treatments to all rescue and recovery workers involved in the Oso slide. Suite A, 20218 77th Ave NE.
  • Gently Healing Therapies in Arlington is offering free treatments. Call Martha Soriano at 425-344-2287 for more information.
  • Trupanion in Seattle is asking people to post a photo or story of their rescued pet to Facebook. For every photo posted, they will donate $1 to the Everett Animal Shelter, which is caring for animals affected by the slide, and the North Creek Pet Hospital, which is contracted with the Red Cross to provide care for the affected animals.
Events
  • Violinist Geoffrey Castle will be playing a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on May 24. Benefits go to Snohomish First Responders and Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team. Tickets are $20. Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center, 7400 272nd St NW, Stanwood, WA 98292.
  • Raising Hope for Oso, a dinner and raffle event, will take place from 5 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. on May 24. Dinner begins at 5 and live music starts at 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation or Shell gas card. 1000 Metcalf St., Sedro Woolley, WA.
  • The Rhodes River Ranch will host live music and a silent auction from 1-7 p.m. on May 31. 22016 Entsminger Rd Arlington, WA. For more information on donating and volunteering, contact: donations@OsoCaring.com.
  • From June 1-21, Camp Fire Camp Killoqua will help provide a free, 6-day grief camp experience to youth (grades 2-12) who lost a family member as a result of the slide. Families and youth affected by the slide should contact Carol Johnson at 425-258-5437 or cjohnson@campfiresnoco.org.
  • There will be a free concert for the Arlington, Oso and Darrington communities from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on June 13. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a night out with family and friends. Terrace Park, 809 E. 5th St., Arlington.
  • The Darrington rodeo on June 21 and 22 will raise money for slide victims. Breakfast will be served 7:00-10:30 a.m. and the rodeo will start at 2 p.m. A 530 Oso slide concert will begin at 6 p.m. Adults $10, Child $7, Senior $7, Military $6 Children 6 and under, free. Darrington Rodeo Grounds, 42109 Sr 530 NE, Darrington, WA.
  • The Oso Strong 5k Walk and Run is on July 27. Get more info at www.osostrong5k.com. The event will benefit local fire departments.
  • The Northwest Music Scene has put together a list of Oso benefit shows: http://bit.ly/O6N3SI
Individual fundraisers
Animal welfare
  • People or businesses that have found a lost or abandoned dog or cat in the area of the slide are asked to bring the animal to the Everett Animal Shelter or to contact the shelter at 425-257-6000 to provide information about the animals. If you need assistance with transporting the animals, contact Snohomish County Animal Control at 425-388-3440.
  • The Northwest Equine Stewardship Center is having an "Equine Relief Effort" www.nwesc.org. Donations provide supplies to those that are caring for horses who have lost their owners in the mudslide.
  • The Arlington Co-Op is accepting donations of animal feed. 360-435-3213. 101 S. Olympic Ave.
Counseling
  • UnitedHealth Group is offering free counseling to anyone affected by the mudslide. The service is open to anyone, regardless of insurance. Mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters. The toll-free number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary.
  • Free counseling is available from the Red Cross around the clock at 800-985-5990, or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.
  • The Volunteers of America Care Crisis line is 800-584-3578.
  • The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's Disaster Distress Line is 800-985-5990.
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