By Erik Thorsen, CEO
Hurricanes and wildfires are a tough mix. We watch as our State and our colleagues in Texas battle to save lives. We watch the haze fall over our community and wonder at the havoc that seems to be surrounding us over the last few weeks.
As an organization dedicated to bettering and saving human life, we feel compelled to assist our neighbors in Oregon and our colleagues in Texas. Through the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, CMH is donating $2,500 to assist our Texas colleagues who are doing their best and beyond to bring hope and healing to the countless lives caught in Hurricane Harvey’s path.
For those who wish to join us, our friends at the Texas Hospital Association have established the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to help hospital workers in the disaster area who have suffered loss of property or severe property damage. This link will take you to the donation page to help the caregivers in Texas receive support and caring they also need.
As you’ve seen from the smoky skies, falling ash, and news media, the Eagle Creek Wildfire broke out this weekend, consuming over 30,000 acres and counting. Last night, the Red Cross had three shelters open and provided services to 168 people. Today, numbers grew to 225 people accessing shelter, meals, water, showers, comfort kits, and/or other services.
The Red Cross is continuing to respond to the Chetco Bar Fire at the coast, and has now opened a fourth shelter in response to the McKenzie Bridge Fire. Currently, shelters are located in:
Our hearts and minds also go to those neighbors throughout Oregon who are facing devastating fires. CMH is also donating $2,500 to support the Red Cross efforts to help those caught in the tragedy of the Oregon Wildfires. You can make your gift to support those impacted by the Oregon Wildfires via check/mail to American Red Cross, PO Box 4125, Portland, OR 97208 (notate your gift designation to the Oregon Wildfires in the check memo line).
Thank you to our caregivers and community for all you do for each other, our patients and those in need throughout Oregon and Texas.
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