Student organizes donation drive for wildfire victims

Students at Wallace Public Schools are organizing a relief drive for victims of the Road 739 Fire.
Published: Apr. 20, 2022 at 7:32 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Firefighters in southcentral Nebraska continue managing the Road 739 Fire. The wildfire burned more than 35,000 acres and destroyed 8 homes throughout Furnas and Gosper County earlier this month.

According to Region 17 Emergency Manger Roger Powell, as of Wednesday, the fire is at 80 percent contained. Firefighters continue to battle dry conditions and hot spots. The Arapahoe Fire Department will re-evaluate containment status.

Meantime, students at Wallace Public School are organizing a relief drive for wildfire victims.

Ever since Angelica Vazquez, a junior, heard about the wildfires she knew she wanted to help in some capacity. After speaking with her mother about ideas on how to help, she contacted the school’s principal Bob Braithwait about organizing a donation drive.

The school is collecting clothing, bottled water, juice and non-perishable food items until Friday.

“It’s really scary, especially since there’s been fires close to us,” said Vazquez. “It affects the farmers and ranchers here, I being one of them. I also have family who works in the industry.”

If you would like to donate, contact Angelica at 308-650-1560 or stop by at the school’s office.

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