Colorado Custom Welding continues to think of and thank all those involved in the black forest fire. Are you looking for a way to help people in need? Below is a list of resources to help those affected by the Black Forest fire.
Concerned community members can help those affected by the fire in the following ways:
– The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs and El Paso County is collecting water and cash, said Mary Whatcott, spokesperson for the organization. Please do not bring any other items, she said. Water can be brought to Salvation Army offices at 908 Yuma St. To make a monetary donation via credit card, visit http://www.tsacs.org or call 636-3891. Checks can be dropped off at, or mailed to, 910 Yuma St.
– The Pikes Peak American Red Cross is reporting that it has adequate supplies and volunteers. The best thing to do, according to the organization’s Facebook page, is to give financially at http://www.redcross.org (click “DONATE”) or text “redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation, which will be added to your next phone bill. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS to give via credit card.
– Those wishing to donate nonperishable food items for fire victims in Black Forest and Ca?n City can bring items to area Care and Share Food Bank facilities on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, 528-1247; and 100 Greenhorn Drive, Pueblo, 296-6995.
Donors are asked not to bring water or sports drinks because those can be easily obtained by the truckload through corporate partners, said Shannon Coker, community relations director for the nonprofit.
– To donate $10 to Care and Share, text “donate” to 41010. The donation will appear on your next phone bill. Or you can make a donation online at http://www.careandshare.org. Indicate that the donation is for “fire response.”
– To make a donation of any amount to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund, launched Tuesday to benefit nonprofits providing local disaster relief, visit http://www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief. The fund is modeled off of last year’s Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund but will have more flexibility, according to the website.
– Battle Bumms, a local organization that provides cloth-diaper starter sets to military families in need, is collecting diapers, wipes, bottles, infant formula, personal hygiene products, blankets, clothes, toys, nonperishable food items and pet food at 1302 Osgood Road from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily “until everyone can return home and the fire is out.” For updates, visit http://www.facebook.com/BattleBumms.
– Those wishing to donate to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region’s emergency support fund, which helps families and their animals during natural disasters, can do so at http://www.hsppr.org/disasterdonation. Funds can be designated for the Black Forest fire via drop-down box on the donation form. Those wishing to donate specific items or volunteer can visit http://www.hsppr.org for an up-to-date list of needs. – Monetary donations are needed to support the animals being housed at the Norris-Penrose Events Center. Donations — which will go toward electricity, water and more hay — can be sent to Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation, c/o Rob Alexander, Stockmens Bank, 601 N. Nevada Ave., 80903. The foundation is a nonprofit organization.