It's the question so many people are asking are asking -- how do I help the fire victims and the firefighters?There are severals different ways:
-- Care and Share at 2605 Preamble Point in Colorado Springs is taking food and non-perishables, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.-- If you don't want to go all the way to Colorado Springs to donate, Stapleton Fellowship Church at 8700 E. 21st Ave. in Denver, is collecting supplies for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. It's a convenient drop spot for people who live in Denver who want to donate material items like canned food, diapers, bottled water, etc.-- The Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton is collecting non-perishable food items, water, bedding, towels/washcloths, toothpaste/brushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, lotion and sunscreen. You can drop items off at 3333 Quebec St. in Denver. 303-321-3500.-- Springs Rescue Mission is taking Gatorade, blankets, food, clothing and household items. Collection hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 - 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Donated items will be dispersed to agencies helping those affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. Call 719-632-1822.-- Catholic Charities is serving meals to evacuees. They are asking for donations of fruit, frozen potatoes, frozen waffles, breakfast pastries, cereal, and other breakfast items. http://ccharitiescc.org/marian-house/catholic-charities-to-provide-meals-for-waldo-canyon-fire-evacuees/-- The Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter is asking for large dog wire crates at the school at 1200 W. Cheyenne Rd. Volunteer veterinarians are also appreciated. Please call 719-444-7919 before you go to verify these items are still needed.-- Go to http://helpcoloradonow.org/ for a list of ways to donate vacation rental property, meals from restaurants and other items.-- Rocky Mountain Healthcare Services is in current need for towels, shampoo, soap and food. They are opening up their building for people who need a place to stay with their pets. Call 719-641-2747 and ask for Julie. www.rmhcare.org.--For the High Park Fire, a donations center has been set up at the former Mervyn's space in Foothills Mall, 215 E. Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins, 80525. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., it is accepting batteries, new underwear and socks, furniture, water jugs, chain saws and other items. See the full list: http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/-- Goodwill is taking donations for evacuees and will distribute as needed. More info: www.discovermygoodwill.org-- The Pikes Peak Humane Society is in need of animal kennels. They could also use bottled water for staff and volunteers. They also ask that you consider monetary donations at hsppr.org.-- The Norris Penrose Equestrian Center at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd in Colorado Springs and The Ranch in Loveland need bales of grass hay for the evacuated horses and livestock.-- The Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts of Pioneer Trails District are sponsoring a food and water drive at the King Soopers in Parker on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The King Soopers is at 17031 Lincoln Ave in Parker, CO (Lincoln & South Jordan Road). Call Steve (303) 808-8749 for more information.
-- If you want to offer housing or need housing as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire, you can post your need/offer here: http://waldofire.com/-- If you want to offer housing to High Park Fire (Ft Collins) victims who are still evacuated, visit this website: http://cohighparkfirehousing.org/
Organizations Asking For Financial Help
-- Red Cross. The American Red Cross is operating shelters, feeding victims; firefighters and volunteers snacks and meals; offering counseling; and offering assistance to victim's whose homes are no longer standing. The Red Cross is asking for donations to its Disaster Relief Fund. You can earmark those donations to a specific disaster. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. To donate call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). To contribute online go to www.redcross.org. You can text a $10.00 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.-- Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is providing food, food boxes, clothing and other support to victims and first responders. Donations can be made online at www.imsalvationarmy.org or over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). We ask that checks be made payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly marked "disaster relief" or labeled with the name of the disaster response you are supporting (e.g. "Colorado Wild Fire"). Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army, 1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203-- The Larimer Humane Society has been caring for evacuated animals in Northern Colorado. They need monetary donations (www.larimerhumane.org/donate/) and no longer have room to store donated items.
Donating Food, Water
-- If you would like to donate food, be aware that firefighters are fed by a caterer who provides them with the calories and nutritional requirements they need to work the conditions on the fire line. Please contact your local fire department and/or volunteer fire department for their specific needs such as non-perishable foods and bottled drinks.-- Care and Share at 2605 Preamble Point in Colorado Springs is taking food and non-perishables, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Don't forget the volunteer firefighters who need donations to buy equipment, pay for gas, and some -- to rebuild their fire stations after they were burned down. Some of the volunteer firefighting groups to consider for your donations:Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District - http://www.netellerfire.org/ Green Mountain Falls Chipita Park Fire Department: http://www.gmfcpfd.org/ Boulder Rural Fire Department: http://www.brfd.org/ Allenspark Fire Department: http://www.allensparkfire.com/homepage.html Glacier View Fire - www.glacierviewfiredept.com Rist Canyon Fire - www.rcvfd.org Poudre Canyon Fire - www.poudre-fire.org
Help For Evacuees
-- The Red Cross is offering shelters, meals, clean-up kits, comfort kits, counseling and financial assistance. http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.d8aaecf214c576bf971e4cfe43181aa0/?vgnextoid=6cde1a53f1c37110VgnVCM1000003481a10aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default-- The Salvation Army is providing food, food boxes, clothing and other support to victims and first responders. Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) for your local organization.-- Catholic Charities is offering meal service to evacuees at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs and Summit Elementary School in Divide. http://ccharitiescc.org/marian-house/catholic-charities-to-provide-meals-for-waldo-canyon-fire-evacuees/ -- The Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton is offering an evacuee rate of $69 per night. 3333 Quebec St. in Denver. 303-321-3500.-- If you need housing as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire, check this website: http://waldofire.com/-- IKEA is offering High Park Fire victims and Waldo Canyon victims 30 percent off up to $10,000. These offers are available to those who show proof of their loss with an official voucher provided by the American Red Cross, and are valid June 29 through December 31, 2012.-- Need advice on what to do? Visit the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association's website: http://www.rmiia.org/Catastrophes_and_Statistics/evacuation_plan.asp (Page down for a list of "what should I do after a disaster?")-- SecureCare Self-Storage is offering 30 days of free storage at all its Colorado Springs-area locations. Call 1-877-907-1649. http://www.securcareselfstorage.com/-- YMCA/PPR is also offering Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees use of all YMCA Family Centers and City-Owned, Y-Operated Aquatic and Recreation Facilitiesfree access to showers and recreation with a driver's license and/or military I.D. 316 N. Tejon Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903. 719.471.9790-- YMCA is allowing access to its eight YMCA centers including the rec centers, along with city outdoor pools, free of charge with proper ID to those evacuated until they are no longer displaced.