Incredible Tribute To The Community Of Oso, Washington [VIDEO]
Following a massive mudslide that nearly wiped the small community of Oso, Washington off the map, the outpouring of support has touched the lives of all who were affected.
In a town that is reeling from an announced 28 dead and 20 of it's citizens still missing, many are looking for ways to help.
Monetary contributions can be sent to any of the following with trust that they will go where most needed.
- Red Cross: If you wish to help victims of the Oso mudslide, cash donations are preferred. The American Red Cross is no longer collecting items. Go to the Red Cross of Snohomish County at www.redcross.org/snoco to donate. People also can text "RedCross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- United Way has established a community-wide recovery fund to assist those affected by the mudslide. Information on how to donate is at www.uwsc.org. Checks may be sent to: United Way of Snohomish County, Attn: Finance Dept., 3120 McDougall Ave., Ste. 200, Everett, WA 98201.
- The Salvation Army is collecting donations for local disaster relief efforts. Donate by phone at 800-725-2769, online at www.salvationarmynw.org or by mail to the Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N. #300, Seattle, WA, 98109. Designate your gift as "disaster relief."
- The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is a local organization that is giving 100 percent of donations directly to those affected. The Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington treated several victims in the aftermath of the mudslide. Donate at http://bit.ly/1lqjpXz or by phone at 360-435-2133, ext. 7805. You can drop off/mail donations to 330 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington or donate to the fund through an account at any Union Bank.
- The Coastal Community Bank is accepting donations for slide victims at all branches: Darrington, Camano Island, Everett, Monroe, Stanwood, Sultan, Silver Lake, Smokey Point, Snohomish and Whidbey Island.
- A special Mudslide Relief Campaign has been organized by the Community Fund Drive, state government's workplace giving program that invites state and higher education employees to give to the charity of their choice. For information, go to www.cfd.wa.gov.
- The Greater Everett Community Foundation's Oso Emergency Fund will aid in long-term recovery and community rebuilding efforts. This could include relief for displaced families and individuals, animal welfare, environmental needs, community cleanup, rebuilding and more. To donate, go to www.greatereverettcf.org or mail checks to GECF, P.O. Box 5549, Everett, WA 98206.
- The Family Support and Resource Center is in direct contact with Darrington families providing resources that will support them long term. The funds are also distributed by a team of school board members and community leaders. 360-436-0308. 1078 Fir Street, Darrington, WA 98241.
- The Oso Chapel and Fruitful Farm have established a donation fund that will go directly to the families affected by the slide. Go to www.osomudsliderelief.org.
- Catholic Community Services is covering the costs of funerals and paying for family members to fly in for services if they can't afford it. Go to www.ccsww.org to make a donation.
Outside of these organizations, there are many local fundraisers that are happening on a daily basis. For those who believe in prayer, those help too.
Here is a beautiful tribute to the residents and workers who continue to fight the elements to find all of the lost souls of Oso.