How to help firefighters battling the western NC wildfires

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – There are now several locations that will accept donations for the firefighters who are fighting the blazes in the North Carolina mountains.

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The Swift Creek Fire Department in Cary and Barry’s Café in Raleigh will be collecting donations  on Thursday and the donations will be sent to firefighters on Friday.

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The Swift Creek Fire Department is located at 5825 Tryon Road in Cary and Barry’s Cafe is at  2851 Jones Franklin Road.

Also, all McDowell County Fire departments, Rescue and EMS station are now drop off locations for donations for the crews fighting the wildfires.

Donations made before 3 p.m. should be brought to Barry’s Cafe. Those brought after 3 p.m. need to be dropped off at the Swift Creek Fire Department because the cafe closes at 3 p.m.

Here is the list of the items needed:

  • Sport Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Socks
  • Hand warmers
  • AA and AAA batteries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headlamps
  • Lip balm
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Paper plates
  • Prepackaged plastic silverware
  • Coffee and coffee accessories
  • Protein bars
  • Bandanas
  • Moleskin
  • Duct tape
  • Boot socks and laces
  • Work gloves
  • Hand warmers
  • Wipes
  • Foot powder
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Body wash
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Mouth wash
  • Eye drops
  • Over-the-counter allergy medication
  • Nasal spray
  • Ibuprofen and Advil

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