This story is written by Red Cross worker Chuck Bennett.
Since the wildfires started forcing evacuations and destroying homes in Northern Colorado on June 9th, the American Red Cross has been busy helping those in need. Shelters were set up in Estes Park, Laporte, and Loveland. Once it was deemed safe to return to the fire zones, Red Cross Mobile Response Vehicles delivered a large amount of cleanup supplies, water, and snacks directly to the area. Mental Health workers and Medical staff went out in the field to deliver support and advice. Red Cross Client Services provided outreach and continues to evaluate the individual needs of each family that requests assistance.
Clients affected by the wildfires in Northern Colorado currently can go to the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at235 E. Foothills Parkway, Ft. Collins. There, they can seek assistance from the American Red Cross and many partner agencies including Adventist Community Services, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, Lions Club,Timberline Church & the Fort Collins Church Network.
First a person affected by the disaster must register with the Red Cross. Then, they can browse through a huge selection of donated items such as furniture, clothing, and dishes. They can also request direct assistance with cleanup efforts including ash sifting and removal at their home site, housing needs, safety and wellness information, and a huge variety of other immediate disaster needs. All these services are provided free of charge to those affected by the Colorado wildfires.
If you have not yet received services from the American Red Cross or it’s partner agencies you are encouraged call 1-800-red-cros or go to the “MARC” in Ft.Collins. It is in the old Mervin’s building behind the Foothills Mall. Current hours are 9AM to 6PM Mon to Sat and 12PM-6PM Sun.