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Anonymous donor pledge to match $150,000 in Red Cross donations for West Coast wildfires

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HERMANTOWN, MN -- David Jearou of Duluth spent Tuesday morning getting ready for another Red Cross volunteer mission.

"I'm going to Portland Oregon. I'm going to work in the warehouse as a fork truck driver," said Jearou. "So, what we're doing is we're getting bulk in and breaking it down and sending it out in small amounts."

Jearou has been with the Red Cross for 10 years; all of his past trips were responding to hurricane and tornado damage.

Jearou said, "I was a firefighter for 22 years, structural in Maple Grove. So, I've always wanted to go a large forest fire. This will be my first time."

Jearou is one of several Northland volunteers going to Oregon to help assist in the wildfires.

KBJR6 shared a story on Friday of Diane Dunder.

Superior resident, Diane Dunder preparing her Disaster Relief truck for Oregon.

The Superior resident was driving a disaster relief truck to the Cascade area to provide food for those in the area.
Several Northlanders saw that story and decided to help.

An anonymous Northlander pledged to match up to $150,000 in donations to the Red Cross to support the wildfires.

The Red Cross had one resident, who also wishes to stay anonymous donated $100,00 to the cause.

"What's so amazing about this is it's a person with the resources to do that kind of donation," said Dan Williams Executive Director of the Red Cross Northland Chapter. "They're saying this donation means more to me if other people can donate what they're able to donate."

Williams added it was quite amazing to hear the news over the last few days.

He adds, "I see it every day in the work that our volunteers do. The care that they put into the work, the passion they have for helping people that are hurting. It really is humbling to see."

Jearou adds whether you choose to volunteer time or donate money knowing you're helping those in need is a pretty great feeling.

"I don't know how to describe it. These people lost everything, basically. They're just really suffering and you can give them this little spark of hope."

For more information on how to donate click here.

For KBJR 6's previous story about the Red Cross click here.

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Emma Quinn

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