This is the second year in a row local orginazations have been hit by a major wildfire disaster with a record number of homes burned. Here are a number of other ways to help from this article from the local paper:
How to help
- The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs and El Paso County is collecting water, sports drinks and monetary donations, said Mary Whatcott, spokesperson. Bottled beverages can be brought to Salvation Army offices at 908 Yuma St. from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. until further notice. To make a monetary donation: http://www.imsalvationarmy.org, 636-3891, send a check to, or drop off a check at, 908 Yuma St.
- Those wishing to donate nonperishable food items for fire victims in Black Forest and Ca?n City can bring them to area Care and Share Food Bank facilities from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m: 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, 528-1247; and 100 Greenhorn Drive, Pueblo, 296-6995. Items needed include canned and boxed meals and snack items. To make a monetary donation: www.careandshare.org (indicate that the donation is for "fire response") or text "donate" to 41010 to make a $10 donation, which will be added to your next phone bill. Volunteers can register at www.careandshare.org/GetInvolved/Volunteer.aspx.
- 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 www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief. The fund is modeled off of last year's Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund but will have more flexibility.
- 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 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 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.
- Mercy's Gate, formerly known as Northern Churches Care, is seeking financial donations to help provide fire victims with emergency financial assistance, gas vouchers, food, gift cards and more. To make a monetary donation: www.mercysgatecs.org or send check to Mercy's Gate, P.O. Box 26416, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. Food and gift card donations can be made at the organization's food pantry at Calvary United Methodist Church, 4210 Austin Bluffs Parkway; please call ahead so the pantry knows you're coming.
Other places to donate
- The Sky Sox will accept donations of nonperishable food items such as canned and boxed meals, soups, cereals and snack items to assist in relief efforts. Those who donate will receive a free upper reserved seat voucher for any 2013 home game (except July 4; pending availability).
- 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. each day daily "until everyone can return home and the fire is out." For updates, visit www.facebook.com/BattleBumms.