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As I'm sure many of you did also, I sat in front of my TV last night, watching the horrific fire tear through the community of Colorado Springs. There are not enough words in this world to express the deep sadness for all of the loss that was unfolding before me. Within a matter of hours, a seemingly "controlled" fire (if there is such a thing) became out of control as it was fanned by 65mph winds. The devastation that now flashes across the TV screen in the daylight reveals what was happening beneath the darkness, smoke and flames last night and the sight is sickening.
I thought that yesterday's Jesus Calling devotional was rather fitting for a day that turned from good to bad so quickly:
Stay Calmly conscious of Me today, no matter what. Remember that I go before you as well as with you into the day. Nothing takes Me by surprise. I will not allow circumstances to overwhelm you. so long as you look to Me. I will help you cope with whatever the moment presents. Collaborating with Me brings blessings that far outweigh all your troubles. Awareness of My Presence contains Joy that can endure all eventualities.
~Psalm 23:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:16-17~
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Colorado communities that are facing wildfires today, including the brave firefighters that continue to fight back.
How You Can Help
Many Bargain Blessings readers have contacted me looking for ways to help those who have been displaced by the fires or are working to bring aid, so we have compiled the below information that we will continue to update throughout the week.
HelpColoradoNow.org is a great resource for seeing which organizations are helping and areas you can get involved. Colorado officials are saying that the best way people can help is to donate money so rescue organizations can purchase the exact supplies they need. If giving a monetary donation is an option for you, here is a list of the four main organizations helping with the Colorado fires:
For individuals who wish to give donation items, there are a couple drop off locations. HelpColoradoNow.org has also posted a list of the current donation item needs. So please, before you start getting stuff together read the list below and make sure what you're giving is what they need!
Waldo Canyon Fire
Care and Share is receiving non-perishable food and water donations at, located on 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, between 9 am - 6 pm Sunday and 7 am - 6 pm Monday-Friday.
At present time, Care and Share Food Bank is requesting the following items for the Waldo Canyon Fire efforts, in order of importance:
-Canned and boxed meals
-Macaroni and Cheese
-#10 cans of fruits and vegetables
-Personal Care products
-NEW towels and washcloths
Certified Folder Display located at 9869 East Easter Ave in Centennial, CO 80104 (near the old Landry’s) is also accepting donations for the Waldo Canyon fire between the hours of 6:30am to 3:30pm. Their phone number is: 303-663-4069
The High Park Fire
The High Park Fire Donation Center is open for those dropping off donations daily from 9 am-7 pm, seven days/week. They are located at 215 E. Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins, 80525 at the former Mervyn's Space.
Needed items at the High Park Collection Center Include:
- New batteries
- New underwear and socks
- Water jugs
- Chain saws
Other Needed Items
- Basic home first aid supplies
- School supplies
- Water bottles
- Laundry baskets
- Men's jeans
- Coveralls and overalls
- Work boots
- Children and pant hangers
- New and used sleeping bags
- Clothing Racks
- New sheets all sizes
- New and used camping equipment
- New pots and pans
- Paper cups and paper plates
- Trash cans and trash bags
- Outdoor tables and chairs
- Outdoor storage
- Building supplies
- Gift cards from area merchants
- Personal hygiene items
- Non-perishable foods - NOT HOME COOKED MEALS
- Laundry and cleaning supplies
- Please NO used clothing
Additionally, the Larimer County Humane Society is working to assist pets and wildlife affected by the High Park fire. You can visit their website for a complete list of needs at this time.
Woodland Heights Fire
The Woodland Heights Fire is being supported by Estes Park Soaring Eagles to collect donations. Donations can be dropped off between now and Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the following locations:
- Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. (outside Administration, Room 150) 8 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday.
- The Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave. (outside the Ticket Booth). Daily, 7 am - 7 pm
Springer Fire, Park County
The Springer Fire in Park County is not in need of any donations at this time. You can show your support by thanking local firefighters for the work they have done though! Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. The firefighters will have a chance to read your messages of support.
***UPDATES AS OF 6/28***
- The Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter is asking for ice, work gloves, welding gloves/high gloves to protect arms while taking care of animals, animal collars and leashes at the school at 1200 W. Cheyenne Rd. Volunteer veterinarians are also appreciated. Please call 719-444-7919 before you go to verify these items are still needed.
--The Red Cross is asking for donations to its Disaster Relief Fund. You can earmark those donations to a specific disaster. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.
-- Goodwill is taking donations for evacuees and will distribute as needed. More info: www.discovermygoodwill.org
-- The Pikes Peak Humane Society asks that you consider monetary donations at hsppr.org. They are in need of animal kennels. They could also use bottled water for staff and volunteers.
--If you want to offer housing or need housing as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire, you can post your need here: http://waldofire.com/
-- If you want to offer housing to High Park Fire (Ft Collins) victims who are still evacuated, visit this website: http://cohighparkfirehousing.
-- Local artists have banned together to raise money for the Colorado Wildfires. Buy one of their t-shirts for $20 and 100% of the proceeds go to help fire victims. http://www.wildfiretees.com/
Alright Bargain Blessing family, go check your stockpiles and see what we can do together! Let's also remember to take a moment to pray for the victims and volunteers affected by the fires.
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