Helping Wallow fire evacuees

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fox 11 has teamed up with Bashas and the Salvation Army to collect donations for the Wallow fire evacuees.

All customers have to do is let the cashier know they'd like to make a donation. It will get added on to their grocery bill and all the money will go to the Salvation Army.

Bashas isn't the only place Tucsonans can go to help. The Pima County Democratic Headquarters is also collecting supplies and donations.

They're located at 4639 E. 1st St. and available between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. Monday through Friday.

The first delivery of donated items will be this weekend. They need everything from Gatorade to toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Monetary donations can be made to any Wells Fargo bank. They've set up the Wallow fire Alpine Donation Account. The account number is 1635178393.

Many organizations are stepping up to the plate to help those in need, but caution should be exercised to steer clear of charity fraud.

Attorney General Tom Horne's office offers the following suggestions:

Consider donating to nationally known charities like the Salvation Army.

Avoid cash donations and make checks payable to the organization not an individual.

If a charity looks questionable, check the secretary's website, www.azsos.gov.

"Being that we're Arizona's hometown grocer, we felt the need to help out our community, help out victims.  Even at my location, we've got a few customers that have homes up there that actually had to come back due to evacuations," Bashas' Store Director Tom Roylston.

There are five Bashas across Tucson where you can donate, 130 across the state. They're open until 11 P.M. each night.