For Immediate Release - August 17, 2000
Contact: Mary Jo Fox / Anastasia Burton
(HELENA)---The State of Montana activated a donation hotline today for those individuals or businesses choosing to donate goods, services, or funds to help assist Montana citizens with their recovery efforts from recent wildfires.
The Montana Fire Donation Hotline, at 1-800-505-7751, will be ready to take calls Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Hotline staffers will explain to callers how to send their donations. Callers from the Helena area may dial 444-0400.
Governor Marc Racicot said, "A few weeks ago, many Montanans never thought they would be in a position of need. The ravages of recent wildfires have left many of our neighbors homeless and without even the basic necessities of life. America's reputation for generosity is unmatched throughout the world. For those who can and those whose hearts lead them to do so, this hotline offers a way to help Montana's fire victims."
Approximately 400,000 acres in Montana have been devastated by fire, and 1,400 homes have been evacuated. Montana is currently under a statewide disaster declaration.