Relief agencies welcome donations to help fire victims |

Relief agencies welcome donations to help fire victims

Jane Reuter

SUMMIT COUNTY – The best way to help victims of wildfires throughout Colorado is with your checkbook, say Salvation Army and American Red Cross representatives.

“For Summit County, the only way you can help us is with cash donations,” said Becky Landa, the Salvation Army’s public relations coordinator. “We have no way of getting collected items from there.”

The Salvation Army is helping firefighters and victims at the Coal Seam, Hayman and Iron Mountain fires in Colorado.

“Our first priority is to help keep the firefighters fed and hydrated,” Landa said. “We are also offering financial assistance to families that were displaced.”

Offers of help are coming in fast and furious.

“Our phone bank is getting about 500 calls a day, sometimes more, from people who want to help and people who need help,” Landa said.

Similarly, the American Red Cross has aid stations at all three major Colorado fires. The Red Cross has opened 21 shelters to wildfire victims statewide, sheltering more than 1,000 people and providing mental health counseling to 423 fire victims.

To donate to the American Red Cross, send checks to 444 Sherman Street, Denver, 80204.

Donations to the Salvation Army may be made online or via the telephone. Check the agency’s Web site at, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Checks may also be mailed to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2369, Denver, 80201.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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