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Communities across Northwest Montana rally to help Blackfeet

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COLUMBIA FALLS - Communities across Montana are rallying support to help our Blackfeet people in emergency response after multiple winter storms have left more than 40-feet of snow in some areas. 

An impromptu office has been set up at the United Methodist Church in Columbia Falls where logistical and administrative tasks are rolling on the ground. 
There is a tremendous need for food and supplies especially baby formula and diapers.

Chainsaws, labor hands, trucks and trailers, as well as fuel, are also needed.

Church Pastor Dawn Skerrit says operations at the command post have been underway for about a week with volunteers who work a couple hours to all day long.

Wednesday saw a constant flow of items were being dropped off with dozens of new baby blankets, baby diapers of all sizes, baby formula, food and pet supplies being dropped off.

Skerrit says the response has been amazing and many people are stepping up to the plate and volunteering to deliver loads and stay overnight on site helping out.

"People who have stepped up to the plate to write checks locally so that we can turn around and buy things like a snow blower has been amazing to see the community rally around this."

Skerrit added that eventually, they will put out a call out for sandbags due to the snow eventually melting and creating flooding concerns.  But for now, emergency response is the main focus. 

Donations can also be dropped off in Kalispell at the Epworth United Methodist Church. Flathead Valley Community College Native American Studies students are also taking up a collection and items can be dropped off in the administrative building.

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