Community events, organizations assist fire victims

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By Matthew Jonassaint
(The Times-Independent)

In the aftermath of the Cinema Court Fire, local efforts continue to provide support for those who lost their homes. Several groups are accepting donations, and there are many opportunities for both locals and travelers to help.

On Wednesday, June 27, there will be a free benefit concert at Moab Backyard Theater, behind Zax at 56 W. 100 S. The family-friendly event, sponsored in part by KZMU, will feature local bluegrass band Quicksand Soup and special mystery guests. There will be door prizes and refreshments, and all collected donations go directly to the Grand County Credit Union’s Cinema Court Fire Fund.

Direct contributions can be made to that account, through “Cinema Court Fire.” As of Tuesday, June 19 the fund had reached $25,000.

Deseret Industries, always looking to make charitable contributions, is offering help. Delivering from their Price location, they are providing free furniture, clothing, kitchen items, children’s toys, and more. They ask that victims contact any LDS bishop, who can make them a personalized order — and it is not necessary to be an LDS member.

The following food banks have opened up to the community:

– Grand County Food Bank, at 56 N. 200 E. They’re open at specific hours, so call (435) 259-6456.

– Moab Valley Multicultural Center, at 156 N. 100 W.; for hours, call (435) 259-5444.

– Grand County Middle School, at 439 S. 100 E; call (435) 259-7158.

The Utah Association for Realtors is donating $4,500 to the families. UAR representatives visited Moab recently to distribute $500 to each family. “Realtors in Utah were deeply concerned when we learned nine families lost their homes Tuesday night,” UAR President Ben Brown said. “Realtors are advocates for housing, and we wanted to immediately help these people with the loss that occurred to their homes.”

Grand County Emergency Management continues to coordinate response efforts and allocate donations. Housing victims is the agency’s most pressing concern. “Most people have found housing with family friends,” said Kris Hurlbert, Emergency Management Program coordinator. According to Hurlbert, a home and a trailer have been donated, but they are still seeking housing for one person.

Many other groups and organizations throughout the local community have also come forward to help.

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