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Building Sheds After the Bootleg Fire

September 22, 2023


Disaster Relief

When the Bootleg Fire came to town in the summer of 2021, many residents, like those living along the Klamath River in Oregon, lost everything. Chris Tucker said, “There’s not really much to say about the fire other than it was extremely scary. It was hard to see all your work, just a little pile of ashes on the ground.”

But, in July 2023, volunteers from Tzu Chi USA’s Portland Service Center came to help, building 10 ft. by 10 ft. makeshift sheds. For older adults like Bob Bacolas, the help was critical:

“I’ve had twelve spine surgeries. I have titanium in my hip bones, all the way up to my neck, and I can’t really do a lot of physical work.”

And, for Chris, a new shed meant “I don’t have to sleep on a little bitty RV bed anymore.” With a smile, he added, “as soon as I can start moving in, I’m ready.”

See how Tzu Chi volunteers of all ages and energies brought positive change to people still recovering from the Bootleg Fire in our latest video*. And, make a donation to support life-changing programs like these at

*Also featuring Tzu Chi USA Portland Volunteers Michelle Liang, Erica Ling, Andruw Lin, and Ding Wen, as well as Relief Angels Executive Director Valerie O’Dai & volunteer Lavonne Pettey.


Director: Héctor Muniente
DP: Sarah Winters
Editor: Héctor Muniente
Music: Next Station by Alont Perez, We Found Each Other by Birraj


Bootleg Fire , Oregon , Tzu Chi Portland , Volunteerism , Rebuilding , shed building , klamath river , long-term recovery , Volunteering , Construction , Tzu Chi volunteer

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