I know everyone is being affected by these fires. Most likely we all know someone who has been affected or live close to the areas. A good friend of mine is in charge of disaster response for ACS Community Lift
(Adventist Community Services). They are currently working the High Park fire to help with displaced families and coordinate victim relief and support. He and his wife reached out to several of us with updates about the efforts of disaster relief groups and with specific needs the communities are in need of. Wanted to pass it along. My wife and I are gathering up what we can to donate (all those shirts and jeans I kept swearing I'd fit in again..who am I kidding??! they can go to those who have lost everything).
I'm not soliciting for them, but wanted to pass along one of their reports. I've watched how this forum really is a community that cares about their own and this beautiful state we call home. If you feel led to, or would like to donate (time, goods, money etc) please feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch with the right people, or you can hit ACS's web site or any of the agencies listed on:
(HelpColoradoNow.org is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters. )
**Note** I will not directly accept donations. Again, I'm not soliciting these items, I am not a middle man. Please check directly with the agencies/non-profits where to donate. I know we all want to help but please be sure to use trusted and reputable groups. If the community wants to do a group thing to drop materials off at a receiving center and then go hit the trails that's cool
Update from friend at ACS:
"As many of you are aware, the non-profit that my husband runs is the lead Donations Mgmt team in the State of Colorado. Therefore, he’s been in Ft. Collins since the start of the High Park Fire and will continue to be up there for about 3 months to serve those affected by the fire. The Ft. Collins Foothills Mall graciously donated a 40,000sq ft. closed Mervyns’ for the Donations Center. They are accepting donations of all kinds for those who have lost their homes. Many of these folks were not given much notice to evacuate and have nothing but the clothes on their backs.
This past weekend, I talked with the Red Cross Mental Health liaison who is there to support the fire victims through this disaster. She told me the fire victims who have come through the Donations Center are so very grateful for all that people have done for them. They have no expectations when they enter the Donations Center and are so delighted to see all that has been donated. And this fire is not over yet ….there are still many more needs.
I cannot imagine going back to a home that you lived in maybe 20 years or more and finding ashes – everything gone – pictures, blankets, clothes, memories – all gone. If you feel inspired to donate any of the items below, I will make sure they get up to Ft. Collins and to the Donations Center.
Basic Home First Aid
Water Bottles & water jugs
New underwear & socks
Coveralls and overalls
Children’s Hangers and pants hangers
New/Used Sleeping bags
New/used camping equipment
New sheets – all sizes
New pots and pans
Paper cups and paper plates
Trash cans and bags
Outdoor tables and chairs
Deep cell batteries
Gift cards from area merchants
Thank you for helping if you are able to do so."
I just wanted to put information out there to the community for those who want to help or donate but aren't/weren't sure where to send it or whom to contact.