First of all, we want to thank everyone for their prayers, e-mail messages, and phone calls expressing concern and support. The Culinary Apple team is safe. Although three team members did have to evacuate their homes, all are back safe at home now.
We watched on Friday, August 14, as lightening strikes caused several blazes that threatened our community, and are still threatening homes and businesses in Chelan and Manson, as well as others throughout Eastern Washington. The efforts of the firefighting community were truly amazing to watch, and we got to see first hand the well orchestrated attack that saved our town. The fires around us are still extremely active, and our prayers are with those still threatened by the fire. To the families and friends of the three fire fighters whose lives were lost while fighting the Twisp fire, we are deeply sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you.
We know everyone wants to help with recovery efforts, and we have been told that at this stage the best way to do that is through monetary donations. We're joining in with many other downtown businesses to collect donations that will aid in the relief effort, and we're starting with our own piggy bank! We know that every little bit helps, because when we all give a little we can make a big difference.
We are committed to helping those affected by the fire, so we will also donate 10% of all regularly priced items purchased through the end of September to Chelan Valley Hope. This includes all in-store and online purchases.
If you're looking for more information about the charities, or other ways to donate, please take a look at these organizations that are committed to helping fire victims in our community.