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Lolo woman uses social media to help wildfire victims

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LOLO -  Trying times can sometimes bring out the best in people -- and one Lolo resident has found a way to help spread important community information using Facebook.

Korrie Butler is a mother of two, president of the Lolo School PTSA, and a member of the Lions Club, b ut her most recent venture has been as an organizer for the Lolo MT  community outreach Facebook page.

"A few years ago we were in the same situation with the fire and we were clueless as to what was going on, and that was another reason I started posting...what people had to offer because we didn't know what was happening and it was very scary," Butler said.

Every morning Butler wakes up and spends time sorting through the information about the fires. She then posts the information to the page so that it is accessible to as many people as possible.

So far, the page has 2,200 members and Butler says it's all about providing people with information so that they know how they can help.

"You can walk down the road and as 15 neighbors and they all want to help. They just don't know how. And so that's kind of why it was exciting to see how fast this grew," Butler. "Everybody wants to help they just aren't sure where to go."

Butler, the 406 Family Aid Foundation and Florence Civic Club Emergency Relief Fund are all partnered to raise money for people affected by local fires. So far they have raised over $30,000 that will be distributed to those in need.

Butler and the organizations involved will sort through the application and try to give money to all of the people who need it.In addition to money, people have also donated items such as school and medical supplies.

Butler is working with a wildfire contractor to help see what firefighters might need. 

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