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High Park Fire – Those Affected Still Need Our Help

Photo by Todd Harding

It is human nature to start to become numb to things we hear, see, and talk about all the time. Tomorrow makes two weeks since the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, the High Park Fire, started just west of Fort Collins. In the beginning everyone wanted to help, and most did. The problem is, there are still people being affected and with the fire only 55% contained, they still need our help. Larimer County in partnership with Adventist Community Services Disaster Response have set up a way for us to help.

7 days a week from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm in the former Mervyn’s building at the Foothills Mall in Fort Collins donations are being accepted for those affected by the fire. The makeshift donation collection site will be at the mall until July 2nd. People affected by the fire are also invited to come get things that they need form the same location.

Items that are needed include…

  • Water bottles
  • Backpacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Basic Home First Aid Items
  • School Supplies
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Laundry and Cleaning supplies
  • New Sheets All Sizes
  • New Underwear & Socks
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers
  • New Pots and Pans
  • Trash Cans and Bags
  • Paper Items ~ Plates, cups, kleenx, toilet paper, paper towels
  • New or nearly new camping items
  • Work Boots
  • Work Gloves,
  • Shovels ~ the kind with a straight, flat edge
  • Rakes
  • Gift Cards from Area Merchants
  • No-perishable foods:  NO HOME COOKED FOOD (health code can not allow)
  • Animal/pet foods
  • New toys

Items Not Needed:

  • No used clothing
  • No used electronics

To volunteer time please go to www.helpcoloradonow.org.  Do not just show up as individuals must get registered first and scheduled for an appropriate time.

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