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Woodford County Man Collecting Items For California Wildfire Victims

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) - After his sister lost her home due to the California wildfires, a Versailles man is using his store, Shirt Warehouse, to help collect the necessities for her and others who are now displaced. 

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Lisa Olson says she and her family only had five minutes to leave their Santa Rosa, California home to escape the uncontrollable wildfires that engulfed everything they owned. 

"It went from police walking down the street screaming 'go, go go!'" Olson told LEX 18. "There isn't one house standing on our street, or, the streets around us."

As Californians continue to battle the fires, Rick Coffman is trying to help his sister, Lisa Olson, and her family get back on their feet hundreds of miles away, by collecting necessities at his Versailles store. 

"It makes my skin crawl just looking at the picture of their front door, just barely standing up right there. It's very heartbreaking," Coffman stated. "We're looking for basically any kind of basic necessity-type items, as a lot of stores are selling out of those items in that local area."

While Coffman plans to collect items until donations are no longer needed, he says for the next seven days, 100 percent of his in-store sales and 50 percent of online sales will go to helping those who lost their homes in California. 

"They need the help right now. They don't need the help in a week or two. These people need whatever they can get right now," Coffman mentioned. 
 

If you are interested in donating items to Rick Coffman's cause, Shirt Warehouse is located at 107 Crossfield Drive, Versailles, KY 40383.

Coffman says he's looking for the basic necessities like clothing, toiletries, superstore gift cards, etc. 

Shirt Warehouse is also selling a shirt to benefit the Santa Rosa wildfire victims on the store's website. To check out the T-shirt, click here

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