Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Help Colorado battle the Wildfires: Needed donations.

The Colorado wildfires are hitting a little too close to home for us, as we're about forty miles from the High Park fire (currently burning over 87,000 acres) and can often see the smoke. Thankfully, we live on the "prairie" and are safe from the forest fires, but many people with mountain homes are being evacuated and losing their possessions to the fires. Below is a list of some needed items (information below taken from the Help Colorado Now website) if you're in the Fort Collins area and would like to help. Monetary donations can also be made, please see the site for more details.

This center is open to those been directly affected by the High Park Fire (please bring written referral from American Red Cross or identification with proof of address). The center is also open to those dropping off donations.
  • Donations Center will be at the former Mervyn's space
  • Foothills Mall, 215 E. Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins, 80525
  • Hours: Daily from 9:00AM-7:00PM, seven days/week
  • Financial contributions will be accepted
Needed items at the Donations Collection Center include:
Priority items:
  • New batteries
  • New underwear and socks
  • Furniture
  • Water jugs
  • Chain saws
  • Furniture
 Other Needed Items:
  • Basic home first aid supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • School supplies
  • Backpacks
  • 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
  • Silverware
  • Paper cups and paper plates
  • Trash cans and trash bags
  • Outdoor tables and chairs
  • Outdoor storage
  • Gloves
  • Shovels
  • Tarps
  • Building supplies
  • Generators
  • Gift cards from area merchants
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Non-perishable foods - NOT HOME COOKED MEALS
  • Laundry and cleaning supplies
  • Please NO used clothing
If you have a vacant house/property in the Fort Collins area, you can list your offer with Northern Colorado Rentals.  This site also provides rental listings for those affected by the fire who looking for rental property.
Donations will be made available to those affected by the High Park Fire.
Larimer County and voluntary agency partners would like to thank the Foothills Mall for their generosity in providing the space. is a partnership between the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) and Colorado Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (COVOAD). This initiative brings together government agencies and non-profit organizations so they may better assist communities affected by disasters. 

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