Oregon Truck Driver Organizes Donation Effort For California Wildfire Victims
Truck Driver Justin Pratt Says He Believes He Was “Born To Help People.”
Gresham, Oregon – The death toll from the raging northern California wildfires has now surpassed 40 making it officially the most deadly wildfire in the state’s history. Lives aren’t the only thing being destroyed as hundreds and hundreds of homes have burned to the ground.
Justin Pratt, a truck driver from Oregon, has begun soliciting and requesting donations of non-perishable food items and new or lightly used clothing for those who are in need. He tells KGW News, “It’s about helping people. I’m an eagle scout. It’s what I’ve done all my life. It’s what I know to do.”
He says his family has also been impacted by the fires. Pratt has relative’s on his wife’s side of the family who have been impacted and says helping them and others is what he believes he was born to do. However, he understands this effort is going to take time. “They can’t rebuild their lives and homes in a day or two or week,” said Pratt. “This is going to go on for months so they’ll need stuff to live on and live with and survive for several months.”
Pratt has organized donation drop-off sites at Gresham Toyota and First American Title in Newberg and McMinnville. He plans to pick up donations this Friday and intends to begin transporting the donations that day in a trailer from his employer Javelin Logistics.
Driving a truck may be his career, but Pratt says he believes this type of work is his calling in life. “Honestly, I feel I was called to do it and I can. I have the power and the connections,” he said.
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