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Woman launches campaign, delivers weekly supplies to MT fire camps

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BUTTE - As Montana’s forests burn out of control, Jamie Reichert refused to feel helpless.

“The way I see it is if I can’t go out there and fight the fires, I can do what I can to help those who are,” Reichert said.

She started a campaign on Facebook last month seeking cash donations and supplies to be brought to her office at AT&T in Butte.

Each week she loads her car and drives the supplies out to fire camps in western Montana.

She’s also able to meet with the firefighters and find out their needs.

“Chap stick, earplugs, safety glasses, sunscreen, bug spray, whatever they need, I’m trying to get everything for them,” Reichert said.

Jamie is new to the Butte area, and she’s learned something about Butte folks, and that is if you ask for help you’re going to get more than you expect.

“Since I’ve moved here, I’ve notice that Butte is one of the most giving towns I’ve ever lived in. I did not expect to get all this, I did not expect to wake up with a bazillion messages on people wanting to help,” she said.

Jamie’s coworker said it’s important to help the firefighters during this catastrophic fire season in Montana.

“Some of them have already lost their life, so if we can give them something a little comforting, it makes me feel better,” Shelly Seifert said.

It's a little comfort during a fire season that’s given very little relief.

Jamie has been collecting donated items at the AT&T store that she manages on Harrison Avenue in Butte.

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