Several local organizations are stepping up to help after a pair of devastating fires in downtown Hillsboro left 17 people displaced and a dozen businesses shut down or destroyed.
Several fundraisers and donation sites have been established to help those impacted get back on their feet. The fundraisers come after a massive four-alarm fire destroyed the historic Weil Arcade building in downtown Hillsboro on Sunday, Jan. 2, burning down eight businesses and displacing 11 others located nearby. A day earlier a separate fire burned an apartment complex on East Main Street near Southeast 12th Avenue, displacing 17 people.
On Thursday, Jan. 6, the city of Hillsboro released several ways that people can help with rebuilding efforts.
Here are five ways you can get involved.
• Hillsboro Community Relief Fund. The Hillsboro Community Foundation is raising money to provide resources to people in need. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online.
• Heart for Hillsboro shirts and hoodies. Apparel designer Marcus Harvey, of Portland Gear as designed shirts and hoodies to help those impacts. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the Hillsboro Community Foundation Relief Fund.
• Insomnia Coffee. The downtown Hillsboro coffee shop is accepting donations of gift cards for essential items, such as gas and groceries, for those displaced by the fires. Gift cards can be dropped off at Insomnia's downtown location, 137 E. Main St.
• Hillsboro Downtown Partnership is compiling a list of immediate needs for those affected and displaced by the fires. The list will be posted on the group's Facebook page.
• Lucia Isabel Collection Recovery Fund. Dress and bridal shop Lucia Isabel Collection had recently opened before the blaze destroyed her store. A GoFundMe account is raising money to help her reopen.
In a statement, the city said other fundraisers are being planned throughout the community and will be announced through the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership. The city warned residents to be cautious of non-sanctioned fundraisers.
"A little bit of help goes a long way," said E.J. Payne, Director of the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership. "Contributions of any amount will immediately help those impacted to rebuild and recover."
In a state Hillsboro city officials said the support for the businesses and displaced familiar has been outstanding.
"What happens to our neighbors affects all of us, and we are in this together to help them recover," Mayor Steve Callaway said. "However you choose to support our friends and community members in need, you'll know it's the right thing for you and for them."
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