Boeing donates $100,000 to Washington wildfire relief

Wildfire is biggest in state history

July 25, 2014 in Our Community

Boeing has donated $100,000 to provide immediate aid and relief to victims of the wildfires in Central Washington, the company announced Friday.

Flames in that area of the state have scorched more than 250,000 acres in what’s believed to be the biggest fire in state history.

“Our thoughts are with all our neighbors in Central Washington who’ve been impacted by the wildfires,” Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said. “We’re proud to make this donation to the Red Cross as their crews help residents start the healing and rebuilding process.”

American Red Cross volunteers assist Becky Janes, an Okanogan County resident forced to evacuate her home due to the Central Washington wildfire.

Jacqueline Koch/American Red Cross photo

More than 150 homes have been destroyed by the flames, and the fire was still burning as of Friday.

“As the Red Cross helps those affected by the wildfires, we are extremely grateful for Boeing’s support,” said Dawn Angelo, regional chief executive with the American Red Cross Western Washington Region. She said Boeing’s support “allows us to shelter, feed and provide health and mental services to the hundreds of residents who have been forced to evacuate the homes.”

Employees who want to help can make donations directly to the Red Cross.

By Deborah Feldman