Natural Grocers Helping New Mexico Wildfire Victims
Natural Grocers is raising donations at six New Mexico store locations and 79 other stores in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. Donations collection started at the beginning of May and will continue through June 30th. All the proceeds will go to the All Together NM Fund which was put into place by the New Mexico governor’s office along with the Coalition of Community Foundations helping to aid communities in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and now reactivated to help with the wildfire recovery and relief.
There are several fires active in New Mexico right now. The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire began April 6th and has burned 288,942 Acres, 36% contained. The Cerro Pelado fire began April 22nd and has burned 45,591 Acres, 40% contained. The Cooks Peak fire began April 17th and has burned 59,359 Acres, 97% contained. The Black Fire discovered May 13th has burned around 1,041 acres. Severe drought, higher temperatures and very windy conditions in New Mexico have made these fires very challenging to get under control.
Vice President of Natural Grocers, Heather Isely said in a statement, “We are absolutely heart-broken at the amount of destruction and chaos the wildfires have caused in New Mexico. Earlier this year, our home-state of Colorado was deeply impacted by the Marshall Mesa Fire. We know first-hand how much community support can mean. It’s our hope that we can raise awareness with each customer interaction to raise funds for those affected by the fires.”