Tucsonans have come together to help victims of the Monument Fire by collecting food, clothes and money, and volunteering their time at evacuation centers.
Staff and volunteers from the Girl Scouts in Tucson have been going to the shelters in Sierra Vista to deliver donations and organize games for the children there.
"We've been putting together easy games, and activities for both boys and girls there, hoping to get their mind off of what's happening right now," said Kristen Hernandez of the Girl Scouts in Tucson. "We want to help however we can."
Since last week, the Girl Scouts' offices have become drop-off centers for donations, and people have been generous, Hernandez said.
Volunteers have made several drives to deliver food and drinks, but there is still a need for basic hygiene items, she said.
Girl Scouts are also set up outside many Walgreens stores in Tucson, collecting items and monetary donations in the next few days.
Donations can be made at Girl Scouts offices at 4300 E. Broadway and 3101 N. Sabino Canyon Road.
The Red Cross of Southern Arizona is helping those who have evacuated their homes and are living in the shelters with meals, clean water, mental-health counseling and safety.
"It's been a difficult week in Sierra Vista, Hereford and the surrounding area, and the Red Cross is here for the community as we experience this tough situation together," said Richard White, the organization's director.
The outpouring of material goods has been so great that at this time that the Red Cross is accepting no more such donations.
Those wanting to help can make a monetary donation to the Red Cross fund for the Cochise County wildfire victims at www.redcrossarizona.org or call 1-800-341-6943.
World Care is still collecting donations and delivering them to those affected by the fire.
"The response from the community has been huge," said Janet Woods, spokeswoman for World Care.
World Care is collecting these products: canned goods, dry goods, coffee, disposable eating utensils, protein drinks and formula; hygiene products such as towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, feminine-hygiene products, soap, diapers for adults and babies; shovels, flashlights, batteries and hammers; cots and sleeping bags; and pet items like collars and leashes, and dog and cat food, which is in high demand.
Items can be dropped off in Tucson at The World Care Civilian Emergency Relief Center, 3538 E. Ellington Place, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
People also can shop at Whole Foods grocery stores and leave those items there for donation, Woods said. The World Care staff will take the items to evacuees.
For the latest information on donation and volunteer needs go to www.sierravistaaz.gov
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