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Group hopes to connect Clackamas County residents impacted by the Riverside Fire with a handmade quilt.

COURTESY PHOTO: NATHAN BANG ON UNSPLASH - An upcoming event will connect those impacted by the Riverside Fire with quilts.

When Tiffany Peterson learned about the destruction caused by the Riverside Fire, she wanted to give a quilt to everyone who was impacted.

Now, she and a group of community members are taking steps to make that happen.

Peterson created the Quilts for Riverside Fire Survivors Facebook group on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The group now has more than 100 members and has received donations from residents of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

"I created the Facebook group and I thought a few of my friends would join," she said. "It expanded from there and it's been amazing. The outpouring of support has been mind-blowing."

She estimated that they've received 200 quilts to distribute, with many more on the way.

The group's first distribution event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Still Waters Counseling, 442 N.W. Wade St. First priority will be given to families from Estacada and Eagle Creek who lost their homes in the fire.

Organizers of the project hope to host future events in Colton and Molalla.

"Our goal is to get a quilt around everyone affected in Clackamas County," Peterson said. "There's a whole amazing team of volunteers and quilters involved. It's a huge endeavor of love for all the people who have been affected by the fires."

To learn more about the group's future events or to donate quilts, visit "Quilts for Riverside Fire Survivors (Clackamas County, Oregon)" on Facebook.


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