If you'd like to help the families who lost loved ones or those who lost their homes, below are some ways you can do so.
- The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is accepting monetary donations to help provide food, water and beds to evacuees staying at shelters at Yavapai College and Wickenburg High School. To donate, go to http://www.redcross.org/az/phoenix/ways-to-donate. Donations also can be made by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
- To make a donation to the 100 Club of Arizona's Survivor Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, go to: http://www.100club.org/web/100CLUB/GetInvolved/Fund.aspx. Eighteen of the 19 firefighters who died were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The 100 Club is a charity that helps the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
- To make a donation with your smartphone to either the Red Cross or the 100 Club, text the word "FIRE" to 411923, 620620 or 411987. A response will be sent with links to both.
- The United Phoenix Firefighters Association and Prescott Firefighter's Charities have established a relief fund to handle donations to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters. Individual or corporate donations can be made at any Chase Bank. Make checks out to: United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Account, Account #987218757. For more information, call 602-277-1500.
- The Arizona Community Foundation is matching donations to its Disaster Relief Fund up to $100,000 to go toward long-term relief for displaced families.
By now most of the University of Arizona community will have heard of the loss of the 19 brave firefighters who perished this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Yavapai County. Please join me in expressing our deep sympathy and sorrow to their families and friends.
Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the many Yarnell residents who, in addition to grieving for the loss of the fallen heroes, also lost homes and businesses to this devastating and deadly wildfire.
The Wildcat family has been touched as well, for at least one of the fallen firefighters was a UA alum.
Words cannot express the sadness and sorrow we feel at times of such inexplicable loss. These firefighters bravely made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens. We honor their courage and selflessness as we mourn with their families, friends, fellow firefighters and the nation.
Information about ways to help the families of the firefighters and the community in and around Yarnell Hill is available on the UA@Work website.