Donations of clothing and other items have poured in to help the 60 or so people displaced Saturday after a fire ravaged 16 units at the South Hill Apartments, Pendleton. Sandy Kimbrow, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Pendleton, has been coordinating the effort. She said Monday that 37 truck-loads of clothes is enough.

“We can’t take any more clothes,” she said. Now the families need household items.

Many of the displaced residents have found temporary housing, while others are setting up in apartments. They need items such as food, plates, cups, utensils, pots and pans, furniture, paper towels, and toilet paper, she said.

The church at 352 S.E. Second St., Pendleton, has the clothing, food, children’s toys and household items, while Harris Junior Academy, 3121 S.W. Hailey Ave., is taking furniture.

Kimbrow also said there is plenty of bedding and blankets, thanks to a donation from the Pendleton Red Lion Inn, but the families need towels.

“Families need to check in with the Red Cross first, so we have an idea of what the families need,” Kimbrow said. You can contact the Red Cross in Pendleton at 541-276-1211 or at chapter headquarters at 503-284-1234.

• The Living Word Christian Center, 401 Northgate, Pendleton, also can provide clothing, bedding, linens and small household items. The center will hold an open house for those people who lost items in the fire Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to a statement from the center.

• The Methodist Church also is accepting cash donations, which are tax deductible, Kimbrow said.

• Some Pendleton landlords also have offered apartments, and Teri Prock, manager of the South Hill Apartments, has moved some tenants into vacant units. Kimbrow said the church is trying to obtain rental assistance for some victims.

For more information, visit the South Hill Apartments Facebook page.


Contact Phil Wright at or 541-966-0833.

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