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State workers donate $7,000 to help mudslide victims

OlympianMarch 25, 2014 

A search and rescue worker clears debris from a house Tuesday, March 25, 2014, on the western edge of the massive mudslide that struck near Arlington, Wash., on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and leaving dozens missing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

TED S. WARREN — AP

The Washington Combined Fund Drive has started a Mudslide Relief Campaign giving state workers a special online portal where they can make cash donations and payroll pledges to help rescue workers and survivors of Saturday's massive slide that killed at least 14 people in Snohomish County.

More than $7,000 was donated or pledged the first day to the ongoing relief effort for flood victims along a flood prone section of the Stillaguamish River. In addition to those confirmed dead, there are reports of 108 more people missing. 

“A lot of people are being very generous and donating a lot. It’s great for the first day. We’ve had this up not even eight hours. It’s awesome and amazing,’’ marketing director Heather Lucas said Tuesday afternoon. “We just did a tally. It turns out we already have $7,000 in donations, which is incredible.”

Lucas said the donation site was set up after receiving queries from a few state employees inquiring about such options.  The early donations total includes 92 specific cash gifts by state workers who donated using a credit or debit card. Others were donating by arranging automatic deductions from future paychecks.

The portal is here

Organizations that have asked to be considered for help through the relief campaign include the American Red Cross, Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Unit, and the state Department of Transportation Memorial Foundation, which assists agency employees and families.

Philip Kerrigan, program director for CFD, said DOT has crews helping the cleanup and rescue effort.

“They get some of their funding through the foundation. Also the foundation has family members up there who are actually unaccounted for – as they have told us,’’ Kerrigan said.

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