Posted on: 5:52 pm, June 18, 2012, by Greg Nieto, updated on: 09:00pm, June 18, 2012
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — People across Colorado want to do their part to help the hundreds of victims of the High Park Fire. Now, a donation center in Fort Collins is serving as a clearing house for the massive donations that are expected over the next few weeks.
“I have worked Katrina, the Windsor tornado, Four Mile Canyon,” says Cathy Kissner, with Adventist Disaster Response. “We sort it, we set it up in boxes, and then we set up a store [with] the gifts the community has given them.“
The donation center is also looking for items ranging from diapers to pet food to laundry detergent.
“If any disaster happens in the country, we immediately respond to it,” says Koy McKoy, with Americorp. “A lady brought in a bucketful of dolls. I was just thinking about the children.”
Children, adults, animals—all affected by fire, and in many cases now forced to start over with one-stop shopping under one roof.
The Red Cross is also doing its part to help evacuees.
On Monday they opened their bulk distribution center at The Ranch in Loveland.
Volunteers are putting kits together that include sifters, shovels, rakes, work gloves and masks.
The items are to help clean up the mess that’s left behind from the fire fight.
“Once they do get to go back to their homes, there’s going to be a mess there,” says Bill Fortune with American Red Cross. “Our hope is when they’re back there cleaning it up our goal is to make it safe.”
The kits also include personal items for home owners to help start the re-building process.