Firefighters and residents of Colorado Springs welcomed rain on Sunday that assisted with efforts to combat the area’s Black Forest Fire which has been blazing since June 11. The fire, which has destroyed 14,280 acres and 484 homes, was reported as 65% contained on Sunday.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews remain on site providing food, hydration and additional assistance to those impacted by this disaster. An EDS team from Casper, WY continues to assist firefighters at the Black Forest Fire Station #1 with food and drinks. Other feeding services such as this continue at the Emergency Operations Center, the Penrose Event Center and the Kit Carson Stables.
With the help of other organizations, The Salvation Army is also providing a wide range of assistance, including emotional and spiritual care, at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. in Colorado Springs between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The organization’s disaster services advantage is its size and scope. The Salvation Army can be found serving in most communities even before disaster strikes, which makes mobilizing, serving and providing long-term relief that much more efficient.
Still assisting impacted residents of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, The Salvation Army is coordinating with various agencies to discuss plans for Black Forest Fire recovery efforts in the months ahead and will continue to serve Coloradans in crisis so long as we are needed.
To donate, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires”. Visit The Salvation Army Intermountain Division’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy.
About Salvation Army Texas
The Salvation Army in Texas serves more than 919,500 people and families a year through its 84 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 9,612 hot meals and shelters 2,885 people. For more information please visit our website at www.salvationarmytexas.org or contact your local Salvation Army.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org .