Meghan Brinkerhoff is a junior at Lake Stevens High School who has turned her compassion into hope for those suffering in the Taylor Bridge Fire.
“After reading about so many families losing their homes, animals scared and displaced, and seeing the devastation all over the news I felt helpless, so I started looking to see what was being done in my area to help with collecting donations,” Brinkerhoff said.
She called the local television stations to see if they have put together any "fill the truck" programs, but none had finalized anything yet.
Brinkerhoff decided to talk to her local fire department and met with one of the captains who agreed to store all of the donations she collects with the help of Lake Stevens residents.
Brinkerhoff has set-up three drop sites in Lake Stevens where anyone can take donations, which will then be gathered and taken to Cle Elem in the coming week.
The drop offs are located at Rainy Days Caffe and Jay's Market, both on Main Street in downtown Lake Stevens and at Ink It Your Way behind the Red Barn on 91st St. NE.
“I am working on adding more in Lake Stevens as well as the surrounding cities,” she said. “We are focusing on the displaced animals and the care of those animals. We are looking for donations of dog food, cat food, kitty litter, pet beds, pet shampoo, food and water bowls, leashes, collars, etc.”
They will also accept any non-perishable donation for all victims.
Brinkerhoff has also set up a fund account with Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Taylor Bridge Fire, account number 2121352351. Anyone can donate to this account. Any Wells Fargo customer can make a transfer from their account to this account as well.
All monetary donations will be going to Hope Source Food Bank and the Taylor Bridge Fire Animal Rescue.
For questions you can call Brinkerhoff at 425-367-9563 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.