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Salvation Army sets up canteen to assist Roaring Lion fire evacuees

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At the request of Ravalli County, the Salvation Army says they are now ready to accept donations for those homeowners affected by the Roaring Lion fire.

The canteen, located at 1285 North 1st Street in Hamilton, is serving two meals daily plus snacks and beverages, as well as hygiene kits. All food and personal items are free to anyone who needs them. 

The Salvation Army is also providing vouchers to families impacted by the wildfires for gasoline, hotels and other needs. Information on vouchers can be found by calling 406-210-1453.

After a nearly a week of donations flooding Ravalli Co., the Salvation Army is sorting, organizing and planning distribution of the many tangible items that have been given. However, further donations of tangible items are being discouraged due to storage and space requirements.

Donors who have items for future donation should call 406-210-1453.

"There has been a generous outpouring of items from the general public," said Salvation Army Captain Tiffany Lawler. "But, at this time, storage of these items is a challenge. The families who need these donations aren't ready for them yet - they'll need these items after they find stable, long-term housing."

They say most critical need right now is for monetary donations. The best way to help during any disaster, large or small, is often to make a financial contribution. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.

Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army says it uses 100 percent of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.

There are three ways to contribute to The Salvation Army relief and restoration efforts for the Roaring Lion wildfire:

1. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY - designate gift for 'Montana Wildfires'

2. On-line at SalvationArmyMontanaWildfires.net - designate gift for 'Montana Wildfires'

3. By mail: Send a check, marked 'Montana Wildfires' to The Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N #300, Seattle, WA, 98109

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