The Snoqualmie Tribe is donating $250,000 to the relief efforts for those affected by the devastating fires burning in Washington.

The Tribe is giving $200,000 to the American Red Cross Eastern Washington region designated to the 2014 fire victims and $50,000 to Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART).

We are all part of a larger community, and felt in a time like this that it is important to reach out and help those in need, said Carolyn Lubenau, tribal chairwoman. Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this massive fire, and hope that our contributions can help in the recovery and healing process.

The Tribe made its decision donate to these two organizations after extensive research. They say both groups can directly benefit from the donations and make a difference in people's lives.

WASART said via their Facebook page that they are grateful for the donation.

We are so fortunate and grateful to be given the trust this large gift represents and will do all we can to impact the lives of animals and the people who love and care for them with it. Thank you, Snoqualmie Tribe, from the bottom of our hearts and those who don't have the voices to say so themselves.

Officials say the best way for people to assist in the relief effort is through monetary donations.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered a loss due to a fire and also to those working so diligently to put it out, adds Lubenau.


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