How you can help support the Yarnell communityPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- As soon as the news was announced that 19 firefighters perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire, 3TV partnered up with Bashas’ because we knew our viewers and consumers would want to help in some way.
I think we came up with a pretty good plan.
The next time you shop at Bashas’, you'll be asked the standard, "Do you need ice or stamps?" when you check out, but there's one more question you'll hear:
Your clerk should also ask: "Would you like to donate anything to the firefighters who were killed in Yarnell?"
In an effort to help family members of the deceased firefighters, Bashas’ has made it easy for you to donate any amount you want.
"It's really an easy way to donate," said Kimberly Jozwiak, a Bashas' spokeswoman. "You can round up your grocery bill to the next nearest dollar amount. You can donate $5 or $100, whatever you feel comfortable donating."
Since the program started, consumers like Frank are already opening their hearts and their wallets. He was happy to add a donation to his grocery bill.
"I think it has devastated the whole community," Frank said. "There are so many people impacted by this tragedy. The whole community is just devastated."
One hundred percent of all donations will be divided equally. For instance, half will go to the 100 Club of Arizona, which is usually the first organization to help family members of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The other half will go to The Salvation Army.
Col. Olin Hogan, with the organization, said the death of the 19 firefighters is difficult to take.
"I'm in a state of shock," Hogan said. "I don't know what to say or what to think. The whole state of Arizona is asking, 'Oh, my goodness, how in the world could this happen?'"
For additional information on donating, you can also visit these websites: