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Grocery store donates food to fire crews, victims of Cayuse Mountain Fire

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A local store has been helping to feed fire crews and evacuees. A local store has been helping to feed fire crews and evacuees.
WELLPINIT, Wash. -

Dozens of volunteers in Wellpinit helped unload trucks filled to the brim with donations that was collected in Spokane on Thursday. Water, toiletries, laundry detergent and much, much more were all dropped off on Friday for people impacted by the Cayuse Mountain fire. They also raised more than $9,000 in relief.

KHQ learned that one grocery store in Wellpinit has been providing food and snacks to firefighters working hard on the fire lines as well as evacuees. One of the fridges at the Wellpinit Trading Post used to be full of food but on Sunday, the power went out and the food was going to spoil. Thankfully, all that good food was able to go to firefighters.

"We were making dinners for the firefighters just so they had some food because those guys need a lot of calories. We put together dinners for all of the evacuees down there, fruit trays, just everything that we could," said Kathy Moss, the store manager at the Wellpinit Trading Post.  

Moss says the community pulled together in a desperate time of need. "It's our friends, it's our neighbors, it's our relatives that are all fighting the fire and they are saving us. Of course we are going to do everything we can," said Moss.

Those efforts are continuing. The Wellpinit Trading Post is the only grocery store in town and it's the hub of the small community. With all the firefighters in town, it been a big change. "We are really ramping up our efforts in the store to supply the camp with everything that they need at this point," said Moss.

However, it's been a welcoming one that Moss says she's grateful for them. "We love having the firefighters in the store, we appreciate them so much, we just love serving them," said Moss. 

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