Pendleton Adventist Church Aids Fire Victims

by Jay Wintermeyer

A wildfire engulfs the South Hill Apartments in Pendleton. Members of the Pendleton Adventist Church are helping provide relief to victims. Photo Credit: AP Photo/East Oregonian, Chris Rizer

PENDLETON, Oregon, - Members of the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church are accepting and sorting donations of furniture and household goods for the more than 50 people who lost everything in a terrific apartment fire in Pendleton Saturday, July 7.

According to Linda Ruud, project coordinator, “We have sorted and inventoried everything and helped many people so far.”

Ruud says it has been amazing to see the generous outpouring of the members and the community to help the homeless families. The local Red Lion Inn sent over 300 fitted and top sheets long with many comforters. There was a little girl, about 3 years old, who came in with her mother to bring some items to donate. She was holding a stuffed bunny and wanted to give it to someone.

The displaced people the church has helped have been appreciative. “Even though they are still in a state of shock and tears,” says Ruud, “They are so thankful.”

The Pendleton Adventist church is in constant contact with a neighboring Methodist church who is providing clothes and food. For more information about how to donate call 541-276-0882.

The blaze, which started about 3 p.m. Saturday from an out-of-control wildfire, completely destroyed 16 apartments in a large complex on Saturday afternoon. At least 50-75 people were displaced by the fire and are now homeless, according to apartment manager Teri Prock.

There were no reported injuries from the fire.