Bake sale raises $25k for families of Granite Mountain 19

A seven-year-old girl in Prescott had the idea to organize a bake sale to raise money for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that were killed on the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30. It was stunningly successful.

Below is an excerpt from the Daily Courier:

…The Kleinman family’s Hotshots Bake Sale, held July 5-6 near downtown Prescott, brought in a whopping $25,000 for families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished June 30 while battling the Yarnell Hill fire.

Rebekah Kleinman, whose family knew two of the Hotshots who perished, said she often speaks with her children about what they can do to help those in need following a tragedy.

“We told them their friends’ dads had died being so brave to protect other people’s homes and other people’s lives, and that we had a responsibility to our friends and our community to honor them – to do something good to serve them.”

Ava Kleinman, 7, immediately had a suggestion.

“My daughter’s idea is always to hold a bake sale. This time she got her little brother involved,” Kleinman said.

“It went great,” said Ava. “A lot of people delivered baked goods and we baked too. We made kettle corn.”

You can also help by donating to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, or purchasing a memorial shirt for $25 in an effort that is organized by the Prescott Hotshots and the Prescott Fire department.

Just to be clear, the Prescott Hotshots are a U.S. Forest Service crew attached to the Prescott National Forest, while the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew is part of the city of Prescott’s Fire Department. Of the 111 hotshot crews, only two are organized by a city and one by a county; the rest work for state or federal agencies.


Thanks go out to Kelly

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Bake sale raises $25k for families of Granite Mountain 19”

  1. With a return like this, the buyers of the baked goods knew the cause and responded from the heart. I would suggest other make a donation to the WFF.


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