Released 26 June 2012
Denver, CO (June 26, 2012) - As fires burn across Colorado, The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams continue to provide relief to evacuees from both the Waldo Canyon Fire and the High Park Fire. The Salvation Army is assessing the needs of disaster survivors in both locations and The Salvation Army's ability to respond to those needs - both immediately and for the longer term.
In response to the Waldo Canyon Fire, The Salvation Army has been put in charge of all feeding operations at the evacuation shelter at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Since Sunday, The Salvation Army in Colorado Springs has served more than 910 meals, 2,900 cold drinks, and 2,200 snacks. The EDS unit at this location will provide for survivors' immediate needs, such as food, water, comfort, spiritual and emotional support.
If members of the community would like to volunteer to help with Waldo Canyon Fire relief efforts, they can register online at www.tsacs.org/registertoring.
The Salvation Army in Fort Collins is providing clothing and food boxes to evacuees from the High Park Fire. The Salvation Army's team of volunteers at the Disaster Recovery Center providing gift cards to evacuees to enable them to purchase basic essentials such as clothing, shoes, and groceries. In addition, we have our Emotional, Spiritual Care team members on site providing a listening ear to evacuees. A total of 5,961 meals, 13,851 cold drinks, and 10,758 snacks were served.
At this time, The Salvation Army is asking for financial assistance to fund both the immediate and long term relief work in Colorado Springs and in Larimer County. Those who wish to support The Salvation Army's disaster response may do so by sending a check earmarked "Disaster Relief" to their local Salvation Army office, or by donating online at www.imsalvationarmy.org, or by making a credit card donation at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.