Broker from Sunset Corridor office spearheads wildfire donation drive

John L. Scott Sunset Corridor agent Michelle Knutson shops for items needed by Oregon wildfire evacuees and firefighters.

After seeing the destruction caused by the wildfires burning in Oregon, John L. Scott Sunset Corridor broker Michelle Knutson was motivated to see how she could help. Starting last week and continuing onward as things evolve, Michelle got to work researching current needs and procedures for donating items and funds to those impacted by the wildfires, from evacuees to fire fighters working in the blaze.

Normally, fundraisers or donation drives are pretty straightforward to coordinate, but Michelle said in this active emergency situation in the midst of COVID-19, needs and directions have been rapidly changing and evolving. So far, with the support of her Sunset Corridor colleagues and others, she’s been able to facilitate monetary donations as well as drop off needed supplies for families at an evacuee site. She also dropped off “joy kits” for children supported by an Oregon City relief group, filled with things like coloring books, toys and stickers.

“I’ve been inspired by the response, and I’m glad that I’m able to help support our community during this time,” said Knutson. “One of the reasons I LOVE being an agent with John L. Scott is the pledge and goal to of ‘Living Life as a Contribution’! So glad to be here and be a part of that movement.”

Michelle Knutson also assembled and donated 45 “joy kits” to an Oregon City relief organization.

Michelle’s latest project, small baggie kits for firefighters with handwritten notes, will be distributed on Tuesday, Sept. 15.