As the McKinley Fire starts to enter the recovery stage many people are wondering how they can help. The one thing agencies that assist fire victims say they need most of all — cash.

The Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way of Mat-Su can all accept donations online. People who want to drop off cash or a check can call their offices to arrange that.

One place that people shouldn’t drop off donations of any kind, according to Red Cross volunteer Suzanne Eldridge, are the shelters that have been set up for fire victims at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center and the Upper Susitna Senior Center.

Eldridge said the shelters don’t have the space or the resources to distribute the goods.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of household items at their thrift stores. Fire victims who have been issued vouchers by the Salvation Army can shop there for free.

Many other organizations are offering fire victims the opportunities to pick up what they need at no charge.

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