Latest update 5:55 PM
Here’s a list of ways you can help wildfire evacuees and crews, as well as places that are offering help to evacuees. Please contact the organization to confirm details; this is just an overview but I am updating as fast as I can!
Where to donate and help
Some charities are accepting monetary donations only. Here are some places that you may be able to donate physical items; please call to confirm.
Find out where you can volunteer here.
Donations of ice (for water for firefighters) are being accepted at Coronado High School. They may also need coolers to put ice and drinks in. via @ryanmhandy on Twitter
Springs Rescue Mission will accept donations of bottled water and distribute to evacuees, according to reader Katy.
Donate bottled water at any Fountain fire station. via @rqskye on Twitter
(Update 4:41 PM – about 20 air mattresses are needed; other needs seem to have been met.) Mountain Springs Church needs bottled water, air mattresses, towels, and washcloths (drop off with your name and number so it can be returned). See the comment on this post (scroll down) for more of their needs. They are housing staff and students from Summit Ministries. 495-6688
Care & Share Food Bank is taking non-perishable food
and water donations 9-6 today, 7-6 M-F. 2605 Preamble Pt. They specifically need rice, soup, boxed and canned meals, stew, and granola bars.
(Update 12:44 PM: they got a large donation of water from Walmart, please send drinks like Gatorade instead. Powerade is $0.67 each when you buy 15 at King Soopers right now; Gatorade is $0.83 each when you buy 10 at Safeway.)
Donate coolers of frozen Gatorade at Calvary Worship Center, 505 Castle Rd.
(Update 4:41 PM: they have enough volunteers for Monday) Care and Share is also in need of volunteers to collect and sort food on Monday. 337-4003
(Update 4:41 PM: they have no more need for fans, hay, or volunteers) Animal evacuation center at Penrose Equestrian Center needs volunteers. Call 520-7773. They also need hay, fans, extension cords.
(Update 5:55 PM – no more pet food needed.) Volunteer veterinarians are need at Cheyenne Mountain High School. You can also donate dog, cat, and bird food; as well as tarps there. 444-7919
Lucky Dog boarding is taking pet evacuees. More info here.
Offers for evacuees
Here’s a site set up to connect people offering/needing a place to stay.
Free admission to Sunday or Monday night’s Sky Sox game.
SecurCare Self Storage is offering a free month of rent for evacuees. Must bring your own lock. 5 locations around the Springs.
Wyndham Mining Exchange downtown Colorado Springs is offering “almost finished” rooms for $99 to evacuees. via @pennyhunter and @csgazette on Twitter
Family Life Services is offering to open up facility for businesses needing space to work. Contact Julie Abel here or @JulieAbel on Twitter.
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