Ellensburg Woman Collecting Donations for Fire Victims

<p>Teresa Whitworth</p>

Teresa Whitworth

Teresa Whitworth packs her trailer full of items -- ranging from harnesses, to dried goods, to even toys.

All of those items will be taken up north to the Brewster and Pateros areas.

Whitworth has been collecting donations all week.

For her, the matter came as a spiritual calling.

"You have such a need to do something for somebody," said Whitworth, "HE puts it together and gives you the inspiration, you just almost have to do it."

Whitworth says people have been donating items nonstop, some even offering tons of hay and feed, which her trailer just couldn't haul.

"When I saw her ad when I went to the Red Cross, that she was taking stuff to Brewster and those places, I wanted to help," said Peggy Holmes.

So far, the Carlton Complex Fire has burned over 400 square miles, and destroyed over 150 homes and structures.

Whitworth says those numbers brought back memories of the Taylor Bridge Fire two years ago -- where 60 homes were destroyed -- she says now's the chance to repay those up north who helped her friends and neighbors during that time of need.

"I think it's a chance for Ellensburg to say 'thank you,' and give back a little bit and help others," said Whitworth, "They're doing a wonderful job."

Whitworth says she will be leaving for the Brewster area tomorrow morning, any other donations to her cause can be dropped off at the Mercer Creek Church in Ellensburg.