UPDATED! Washington is Reaching Out to Help Our Neighbors in Oso: Oso Strong!

Bj1xNUTCcAAbODXFor the last week, the community of Oso has been been in our hearts as residents contend with the devastating loss of their friends, neighbors and loved ones. The mudslide that covered areas east of Oso, to the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River on through to adjacent river valley, happened so suddenly and took out everything in its path.  The current official death toll is at 17 and expected to rise daily. In addition, residents of nearby Darrington and Arlington have been affected by the isolating closure of Highway 530.

Washington residents are reaching out to our Snohomish County neighbors and offering a helping hand. Below are Oso Relief Efforts that are providing funds and needed food and emergency products to the communities affected by the mudslide.

Windermere Foundation: Please consider donating to the Oso, Washington Relief Fund online at https://store.windermere.com/content/foundation-donation. The Windermere Foundation will be matching the first $5,000 in donations. 100% of the funds raised through the Windermere Foundation’s relief fund will go directly to the affected families through the Town of Darrington Relief Fund.

Mercer Island Cares Oso Much Mercer Island Cares Oso Much: UPDATE! As of April 5th, $13,000+ has been raised for the Oso Community!! A Fundraising Effort for All Mercer Island Businesses and Residents to
Aid Those Affected by the Oso Mudslide. Please participate in a Month of Giving, April 1st-30th. Businesses: “Big Love Business Challenge” Minimum donation $500. Residents: Donate, Volunteer, Spread the Word! Proceeds will benefit Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation Relief Fund, a 501 (c)(3). All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the money will go to Oso relief. Please make checks payable to The Cascade Valley Foundation Relief Fund. Cash or Check Drop-Off Location & Times: Au Courant Salon & The DEN7900 SE 28th St. #100, Mercer Island, Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For volunteer opportunities please contact Barb Hovsepian, barb@aucourantsalon.com or 206-232-1336.

WS4OSO: [ Event Completed ] UPDATE! As of April 5th, $18,000 (and counting) has been raised for the community of Oso!! According to the WS4OSO Facebook Page, the event was super successful. All the business participants appreciate your willingness to give. Watch on there for the final donation tally. Businesses in West Seattle will donation a percentage of their sales on Sunday, March 30th, to benefit the community of Oso. From the West Seattle Herald, “All donations will go to the Red Cross and the United Way Recovery Fund, to directly benefit the ongoing clean up and recovery efforts, as well as helping rebuild this community.” For the most up-to-date information about WS4OSO, please check their Facebook Page.

Washington State Combined Fund Drive: From CFD, “As you know, a massive mudslide rocked our fellow citizens in the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, killing at least eight people and leaving more than one hundred missing. In response to this devastating incident, the CFD has put together a special campaign for those affected. To be a part of the campaign, the charity must be a current active member of the CFD and have provided the CFD with written accounts of their efforts on the ground.” Some of the charities receiving funds to help with the Oso Relief Effort include the Red Cross, Snohomish County Search and Rescue, Hope Unlimited and The Soup Ladies.

Smith Brothers Farms: March 31st to April 11th, Smith Brothers Farms milkmen will be collecting food for Northwest Harvest to refill food bank shelves depleted by the relief efforts for the communities surrounding the Oso mudslide. Customers of Smith Brothers Farms can leave non-perishable food donations, or checks made out to Northwest Harvest placed in a sealed envelope marked Northwest Harvest Food Drive, in their porch box the night before their delivery. Their milkmen will collect and deliver the donations to Northwest Harvest.

On March 31st, Bartell Drug Stores started collecting funds for The Salvation Army to benefit the mudslide disaster fund. Shoppers can give their donations to their local Bartell cashiers. In addition, Bartell Drug Stores will match up to $10,000 in donations.

Helping Hands Ministries is collecting items to help the responders, like the National Guard Armory in Marysville, with needed supplies. They are accepting supplies at both their Bothell and Lake Stevens thrift stores. They have a running list of needed items on their Helping Hands Thrift Store Facebook Page.

The Herald of Everett compiled a list of verified Oso Relief Efforts occurring throughout Snohomish County. This comprehensive list includes a multitude of opportunities to donate to the Oso Relief Effort, government assistance, homeowner assistance, animal welfare assistance (including horses and other livestock), counseling help and potential relief housing.UPDATE: Most of the community events are over in this Herald article, but the ongoing relief effort information is still valid.

If you know of an upcoming Oso Relief Effort event, would you please share details about it in the comment section? I will update this blog post with the new events you share, and include web links when applicable. Thank you!

*The image in this blog post was created by Seattle photojournalist Joshua Trujillo, who has been covering the Oso mudslide. He shared the image on Twitter (@joshtrujillo).