A fantastic opportunity to witness to the Northern Colorado community has opened up in the midst of destruction and tragedy.  The High Park fire in the mountains just west of Fort Collins, Colorado, has currently claimed 189 homes and nearly 60,000 acres.  At just 50 percent containment, the destruction is expected to continue to grow in the record heat and extremely dry climate.  Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and are just waiting to see what tomorrow will bring.  For now they need help with personal care items, shoes, clothing, canned food, bedding, cleaning supplies, diapers, pet food, and much more.  The Colorado community has been eager to help their neighbors and volunteer their support.

The Adventist Community Services Disaster Response team, in partnership with Larimer County, has now opened a Donation Collection and Distribution Center in the former Mervyns store at Foothills Mall in Fort Collins.  Donations of new and used items as well as volunteer support are beginning to pour in.  The media is showing an ever-increasing interest in the Distribution Center as the incident moves into the recovery stage as those impacted begin to piece their lives back together again.  Here’s one local news story on the Center:

If you are not in the local area to support with volunteer hours or donated items, please consider helping defray the extreme financial impact this Center is having on the local community.  You can send your donations to ACS Community LIFT designated for the High Park fire Donation Center.  Just follow this link:

Donna Webb, Communications Coordinator
ACS Community LIFT
5045 West First Avenue
Denver, CO  80219