Coos Bay is blessed with an abundance of beautiful trees in our community, which includes a large inventory of trees in our parks and along some of our main roads in downtown and in Empire. It's not uncommon throughout the year that a few of those trees come down either because of age, disease, or damages sustained during one of our various windstorms. The City has enjoyed an excellent relationship with the local Salvation Army who takes the City’s downed trees and turns them into firewood for those residents in need. Since the program started five years ago, the local Salvation Army has given an estimated 150 cords of firewood to low-income seniors and the disabled within the Coos Bay / North Bend areas. The unique relationship was featured nationally by the Salvation Army in a video which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ePaPQzFkmc.
This past week and a number of our volunteer firefighters from the Coos Bay Fire Department along with members of the local Sea Cadets converged on the Salvation Army Community Center in Empire where they cut up and split donated logs to further assist the Salvation Army in preparing firewood. For more information on you can help or for more information on the firewood program, contact Envoy Dennis Stumpf at (541) 888-5202.