West Richland middle school sends supplies to local firefighters in California

West Richland middle school sends supplies to local firefighters in California

Students at a West Richland middle school are sending a care package to local firefighters aiding crews in northern California.

Leona Libby Middle Schoolers gathered water, juices, granola bars, chapstick and numerous other snacks, filling two big carts in the process.

“It just makes them feel happy,” 7th grader Addison Singley said.

Singley’s father is a Kennewick firefighter and, while her father was not one of the firefighters deployed to California, she said she understands how it feels for him to be away from his family for a long time.

“It shows that the community is out behind us to support us,” a firefighter from Benton County District #1 said.

A number of Leona Libby’s students have a greater understanding of the destructive nature of wildfires after they were forced to evacuate due to the Candy Mountain Fire last month.

Benton County was one of five counties that sent a crew down to help combat wildfires threatening California’s famous wine country.

Others include Richland, Franklin, Kennewick and Walla Walla Counties.

They are expected to be gone for up to 18 days.

If you’d like to donate as well, Benton County Fire District #4 says you can call your local agency to ask what supplies it might need.