Group collecting holiday decorations for Yarnell residents

YARNELL - A local group of community members are helping the victims of the Yarnell Hill fire to have a happy holiday season by collecting holiday decorations and trees.

"As we approach the holidays this year and reflect on the tragedy of the Yarnell Hill fire, it is the perfect time to count our blessings and spread Christmas joy," event coordinator Linda Sandy said.

Some of the items the group needs are:

• Live, potted Christmas trees up to three feet tall or artificial trees up to four feet tall.

• New, gently used or homemade Christmas decorations.

• Tree skirts.

• Holiday music CDs.

• Hanukkah decorations.

• Canned or boxed food or gift cards.

• Strands of lights.

"Each year you pull out your Christmas stuff, but all of these people lost their stuff," event coordinator Robert Devenie said. "It's such a great cause to get behind, and the more support we get the better for the people in Yarnell."

The group will be collecting donations through Nov. 22 and distributing the Christmas trees and decor to the families in a private event on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Drop boxes can be found at the following locations:

• Prescott: True Value, Trader Joes, Fire Stations 1 and 2, CVS on Miller Valley Road, Christmas in Prescott, Christian Academy of Prescott, and the First Baptist Church on Marina Street.

• Prescott Valley: Ace Hardware, Kmart, Walgreens, Stepping Stones, and the Prescott Valley Fire Station.

• Jerome: Mooey Christmas & Udder Things.

Businesses interested in hosting a collection box can contact Denise Devenie at (928) 350-8277.