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Residents Affected by Holiday Farm Fire To Receive Holiday Boxes

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Whether staying at local hotels or camping on their property, many people affected by the Holiday Farm Fire are still living in temporary situations.

The McKenzie Community Development Corporation is giving out holiday boxes to 400 McKenzie River area residents featuring local blueberries, honey, and hazelnuts.

Communications Director Alice Bonasio acknowledges the boxes won’t solve long-term recovery issues, but that’s not the goal.

“No single gift is ever going to fix what people lost. The enormity of it is enough to really get you down,” said Bonasio. “So, this idea is a small gesture, but it’s highlighting what there is in the way of good and the way of hope for the community and by the community.”

The organization even purchased vouchers for honey from a bee farm that lost its hives. The farm now has income to help rebuild and residents will receive a taste of the future harvest.

Boxes are currently being delivered and should reach all recipients by Dec. 25.

Anyone is interested in sponsoring a holiday box or learning more about the recovery efforts can find out more at mckenzierecovery.org.

Sponsoring funds will go towards the Mckenzie CDC’s future recovery efforts.

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Aubrey Bulkeley joined KLCC in January 2019. She co-created FLUX podcast, a three-part series to accompany award-winning UO School of Journalism and Communication publication, FLUX Magazine. Bulkeley finished her Master's degree in Journalism at the University of Oregon in June 2019.
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