Chapter 582 Donates Housing to Camp Fire Victims

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 582 in Butte County, Calif., is asking for donations to help construct yurts for area veterans and others displaced by the deadly Camp Fire. Representatives of local veterans organizations including local chapters of the VFW and Disabled American Veterans endorsed building the circular semi-permanent tents.

“We’re not looking for clothes or food or toothbrushes — people pretty much have all that by now,” Corena “Cricket” Dixon, an auxiliary member of the Vietnam Veterans chapter and donations coordinator for the project, told the Enterprise-Record. “It’s so people can get started on their property.”

Materials and construction assistance for the first six yurts were donated early in the month by Ron Trout, who runs a mobile sawmill service in Oregon. Donations of lumber, furring strips, door hardware, screws and other materials are encouraged. The chapter will also accept sleeping bags, cots, baby items and shovels.

“Yurts are movable and they’re stronger than a tent,” Dixon said. “You can literally load one up in a truck and build it in your driveway.”

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