Personal Appeal from Christine Smith
For the past several days when I step out the door of my cabin in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, I have been saddened by the dense smoke so thick that I cannot view the mountain peaks which tower above my home or the mountains across the river, and sometimes I can barely see the trees only several yards away. The sky is dark with smoke, the sun orange as it is clouded by smoky haze in the atmosphere. As I walked, ashes fell upon my arms…the burnt remains of the forests which are burning.
There is one forest fire I am having to monitor due to its proximity to where I live and have prepared basic items to take with me in case evacuation from my home becomes necessary. (I had to prepare similarly twice before a few years ago–so I am now keeping a packed suitcase and shoulder bag with essentials ready to go all season just in case it becomes necessary to leave).
Although I have been safe to this point, thousands of Coloradans are suffering displacement from their homes due to evacuations and hundreds have lost their homes to the fires. Fires are burning all over the state…ravaging the forests and nearby populated areas. Two people have already died this year, apparently caught trying to evacuate their home when the fire overtook them (I’ve lived in Colorado for 26 years, and during that time there have been other civilian fatalities and a considerable number of firefighters have lost their lives who were fighting forest fires for us.)
I am asking every one of you reading this who has valued my work/writings over the years to please consider immediately making a contribution to The Intermountain Division of The Salvation Army because they are doing tremendous work here for thousands affected by the fires.
I am deeply impressed with the loving work of The Intermountain Division of The Salvation Army and thus I financially support them and am asking for you to help them also since they are helping thousands of people here…and we here in Colorado need the help they provide.
They are a blessing to firefighters, evacuees, those who lost their homes, and others who are helping/affected by the fires.
Thus my personal appeal to each of you:
As fire ravages Colorado, thousands of people are in need, and you can be of direct assistance to the courageous firefighters, the displaced, and those who have tragically lost their homes by giving to The Intermountain Division of The Salvation Army immediately.
They are in desperate need of monetary contributions to cover the thousands of meals and beverages they are providing people in the evacuation shelters, the on the site provisions to firefighters (such as meals, snacks, hydration, and other items), and the care they are providing those returning to their empty home-sites (such as meals delivered to them and tools to clarify the sites where there their home once was). They continue their help to those who have suffered long after the fires are extinguished. In addition to such physical assistance to those who have suffered such loss, they have brought in those who can provide emotional and spiritual guidance.
This is what love is. Not a word or sentiment, but an ACTION.
And I’m asking for each of you reading this who is able, to send whatever you can to them. All contributions, any amount will help. Please do so as soon as possible and be sure to designate it specifically for the Colorado fires. Every dollar is going to help a brother or sister in need.
According to their website, “The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. Monetary donations help us meet the immediate needs of first responders and evacuees.”
Here is how you can donate:
Donations online, visit imsalvationarmy.org and if contributing online, be sure to choose “Emergency Disaster Services” in the drop-down (you can read much about their work at that website).
Donations by mail may be made by mailing a check payable to “Salvation Army” and designate in the memo section of your check and/or with accompanying note that it is for “Colorado Fires” and send to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2369, Denver, Colorado 80201.
Donations by phone using your credit/debit card may be made by calling 303-860-5472 and stating in the call that your donation is for the Colorado fires.
Please donate what you can to help them do this needed work for first responders, law enforcement and evacuees.