Shelter and soup kitchen open in Tonasket

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An evacuation shelter and soup kitchen has been established at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) in Tonasket, 411 Western Ave. The shelter has cots for sleeping, hygiene items and some clothing. The soup’s on for a hot meal anytime, as well three meals a day being served around 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. This is the only place free hot meals for evacuees and volunteers are being served right now. The CCC has wireless internet for those needing to connect with friends and family out of town, as well as a list of resources for people without facebook or internet; including emergency contact information for structural and property loss. People can also receive vouchers for showers and to do their laundry at the Junction. The CCC is staffed 24/7 and in need of volunteers to help out in the kitchen and to help distribute donated items including clothing, hygiene articles, and diapers for fire victims. The CCC can be reached at (509) 486-1328, or contact shelter co-ordinator Laurel Sylvan at (509) 322-6254. For answers to other questions concerning donations or the Tonasket Distribution Center, contact General Public Liaison Rhonda Hinkley at (509) 429-1865. People with animals can camp for free at the Tonasket Rodeo grounds. They are set up with tent sites as well as room for people with RVs, and have stalls for livestock along with kennels for dogs and cats. For information about the rodeo grounds, contact Eli Rampley at (509) 846-5028 or Roger Sawyer at (509) 429-8036.

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