Donations roll in for victims of White Swan fire

White Swan, Washington (AP) February 2011

Donations are pouring in from across the region for the victims of a fire that burned 18 homes and left 120 people homeless in a rural section of the Yakama Indian Reservation.

Donation drop-offs have been set up in Selah, Zillah, Yakima, Wapato, Toppenish and White Swan.

At the Toppenish Armory, dozens of folding tables are loaded with clothing sorted in piles 3 and 4 feet high. In White Swan, the Wilbur Memorial United Methodist Church is packed with boxes and donations.

Tamara Spencer, one of the volunteer coordinators at the armory and the wife of Yakama National Tribal Council member Warren Spencer, says truckloads are still coming in with donations.

Volunteers say they still need nonperishable foods, toiletries, pet food, baby formula and other household items.