Having lost my home to fire in 2016, the memory is fresh in my mind. We lost everything, walking away with the clothes on our backs. It was devastating. My prayers and thoughts go out to all those who lost their homes or businesses to the fires.
When you have nothing, anything helps! We had friends that told us how sorry they were and other friends who came by with food, clothes, and other essentials like blankets and tools; even a t-shirt or a toothbrush were absolutely appreciated.
Here are locations you can go to help these folks out!
The Cameron Peak Fire Response Fund through the United Way of Larimer County, at bit.ly/CPeakFireResponseFund. All donations are tax-deductible and will be distributed to people affected by the fire.
The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, in Loveland, is accepting donations of grass hay and no other supplies at this time. To donate, call Maggie Steely at (970) 619-4009.
The American Red Cross of Northern Colorado is spending thousands of dollars daily to shelter Larimer residents safely. To donate, go to RedCross.org/local/colorado/ways-to-donate.
The Larimer County Humane Society has sheltered hundreds of pets throughout the course of the fire. To donate, go to bit.ly/LCHSCPFire.
The Larimer County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is vital to disaster response for the county, and a donation to any partnering agencies contributes to disaster response and recovery in northern Colorado. For a map of partnering agencies, go to LarimerVOAD.org/partners.
Elevations Credit Union set up its own wildfire relief fund and has committed to match up to $100,000 in donations. To donate, go to bit.ly/ECUCPFire.
IKEA Centennial is offering fire victims one-time discounts on kitchen and other home furnishings, up to $10,000, through December 31. Ikea will also pull the items and deliver them to the customer (Picking with Delivery). Offers are available to those who show proof of their loss with an official voucher provided by the American Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter or Larimer County officials. Full details of the offer will be made available on the IKEA Centennial website .
The Red Cross of Colorado is currently providing lodging, food, medical & mental health support & emergency needs for individuals who have been impacted by the #ColoradoWildfires. We will continue to provide support & services to those who have been affected by the fires. Phone: (970) 226-5728
Check your local church to see what they are doing to help.
Please don't forget your firefighters, police, and sheriffs. They are working round the clock on your behalf! Some cookies or a meal would be greatly appreciated.