Posted by Megan on Thursday, June 20, 2013 ·The Salvation Army has been providing food, drinks and comfort from canteens for evacuees and first responders of the Black Forest wildfire since the disaster sparked on June 11.This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website and contributed by Courtney Culpepper of The Salvation Army Western Territory.
Last week, The Salvation Army provided over 1,000 volunteer hours, 25,000 meals and snacks and 27,000 drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of the Black Forest Fire. Emergency Disaster Services teams continue to aid those impacted by the fire as they begin returning to the area.
As evacuees begin returning to the area, the need for assistance remains heavy. The Salvation Army will be there for those who have lost more than 500 homes. Already, we have given $50,000 to survivors for immediate needs.
Now, we need your help to support those rebuilding from the ground up.
Recovery efforts to counter the Black Forest Fire’s extensive devastation will be long-term, and The Salvation Army plans to be present as long as there is need; however, we cannot do this without the community’s support.
Still today, The Salvation Army continues to provide recovery aid to those impacted by last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon and High Park fires. Though this recovery continues, our expenses have far exceeded donations received for these efforts.
Monetary donations are desperately needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the long recovery ahead. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.
To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to: The Salvation ArmyP.O. Box 60006Prescott, AZ 86304 In–kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.