Lumber continues to help lumber

Industry comes to the aid of California fire victims.

BY HBSDealer Staff

As the industry entered a new year, it continues to lend assistance to victims of the wildfires that devastated regions of California in 2018.

The “Lumber Helping Lumber” program, founded by the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA), assisted 15 individuals and families toward the end of last year with funds to help purchase much needed replacement items – including clothes, toys, and dog food.

All in all, Lumber Helping Lumber received more than $40,000 in contributions, enabling the disbursement of 38 checks to those in need.  A significant contribution from Weyerhaeuser Community Giving added to donations from more than 50 companies, individuals and organizations across the state and country.

“It may be a cliché about the goodness of those who work in the lumber and building materials industry, but that goodness and compassion is a fact,” Mark Boone, COO of Champion Lumber and president of WCLBMA, said in a year-end letter to association members.

A small balance of remaining funds was given to the Builders Exchange program in the Santa Rosa area to help those in the building industry trades get back on their feet, the WCLBMA said.

Contributions can be made to Lumber Helping Lumber via the WCLBMA online form.

Additionally, Lance Johnson – a training director for Meek’s Lumber – has established a GoFundMe page for employees displaced by the fires.  The Paradise and Chico, Calif. communities suffered heavy damage with 9 Meek’s employees losing their homes and possessions.

“My goal is to continue raising money throughout the year to help employees with the transition,” Johnson told HBSDealer. “All of our employees are still in temporary housing (apartments or trailers) and the goal is to get them into homes. That means either waiting to rebuild in Paradise or relocating to another Meek’s store out of Chico.”





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