This group of locals, who have had to stay in the desert still due to the power outage in Garner Valley, have been working hard to bring supplies to victims of the fire. They secured two truck-loads of food, personal items and school supplies from the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio. From left: Julie Steiger, Chloe Quinten, Dave Draper, Jennifer and Aaron Quinten and David Miller.
Photo by Halie Wilson

Residents of the Hill communities who are low on food, living expenses or basic supplies can find relief thanks to several organizations.

Greg and Carmen (background) Rich bring food donations to the HELP Center.
Photo by Halie Wilson

The Idyllwild HELP Center received a large donation this afternoon from the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, as well as a number of individual donations. Food, personal items and even school supplies can be picked up at the HELP Center, at 26330 Highway 243, Idyllwild.

Feeding America's monthly food distribution will make a special offering tomorrow (Thursday) on account of the fire starting at 10 a.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 53830 Tollgate Rd., Idyllwild.

Marty Klieger, who organizes the distribution, said he got a call from the organization at 5 a.m. this morning informing him that instead of the normal 8 pallets of food, Feeding America will be bringing "an 18-wheeler full of food," including fresh produce.

Food is available for free at Fairway Food from the American Red Cross.
Photo by Jenny Kirchner

More food is available on the side of Fairway Foods. These supplies came from the Banning shelter, maintained by the county, where many local evacuees went.

Town Hall also has food and supplies available for pickup.