Coastal's Taylor Bridge Fire relief effort extended; more than 6 tons of food raised

Coastal Farm & Ranch's relief effort for animals and people impacted by the Taylor Bridge Fire has been extended due to the overwhelming support of the local community.

The Pierce County 4-H Equine Division will be at Coastal's Auburn store overseeing donations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

On Thursday, Coastal's customers donated more than six tons of animal feed, $1,000 in cash, bags and bags of cat and dog food, along with a van full of clothing, boots and supplies for firefighters and families impacted by the fire.

The donations are being delivered to the Ellensburg area Friday, so they can be put to use immediately.

"We can't thank the public enough for your help," said Buzz Wheeler, owner of Coastal Farm & Ranch. "It breaks our hearts how many families and animals have been impacted by the tragic fire, and we're working as a team to help every way we can."

In addition to the items donated, Coastal has delivered horse feed, water buckets, troughs and additional supplies to the area this week.

"We started with a big donation ourselves," Wheeler said.

Coastal is extending its offer of a 10-percent discount on all items purchased and donated to the effort. They are also accepting new and used horse halters, lead ropes, buckets, livestock feed, hay, water dishes, along with cat and dog food.

Coastal's Auburn store is at 1425 Supermall Way in the former Walmart facility, south of the SuperMall.

The store is open until 8 tonight.

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