Colorado wildfires: How you can help

With several large wildfires burning in Colorado, many people are asking how they can help.

Currently NO material donations are needed for the wildfires in Colorado, according to HelpColoradoNow.org -- a partnership between the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

"Donate only those things that are requested by officials and bring them to the official designated collection centers - if established," officials said. "Items not needed may go to waste and get in the way of relief efforts."

-- To help first responders:

The Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado is asking for Gatorade and snacks for the first responders. Those items can be dropped off at 2605 Preamble Point in Colorado Springs. At last check, they no longer needed water. For the latest need list, please call 719-528-1247. You can also text 41010 to donate $10 directly to Care and Share.

-- To help fire victims:

The Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado is also helping people who have lost their homes. The Food Bank is asking for canned and boxed meals, soup, cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit and snacks. Those items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Care & Share's locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Learn more: http://careandshare.org/  Click on the "fire updates" button.

Red Cell Search & Rescue is putting together a donation collection for victims in Elbert County. They are asking for bottled water, dried food/snacks and bathroom supplies. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Cell-Rescue/191573037624517

The Red Cross is running shelters for the victims of the Colorado wildfires. They are asking for financial donations. Please go to http://www.redcross.org/ to donate.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is also taking donations: http://www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief The group's Emergency Relief Fund will benefit non-profits, first responders, and other agencies providing local disaster relief.

-- Animal evacuations

The Humane Society of Pikes Peak says it currently has the volunteers and resources it needs to help families and pets, but monetary donations will help pay for rescues and other needs. Learn more: http://www.hsppr.org/blackforestfire

Learn more from Help Colorado Now: http://helpcoloradonow.org/

Get more updates from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office: http://www.elpasoco.com/Pages/default.aspx

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