Local kettle donations help during Colorado fires

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Soon after getting word of the disastrous fire in Colorado Springs, members of the Evergreen Salvation Army Extension Unit voted to send a $5,000 check to the Intermountain Headquarters to assist in providing relief services throughout Colorado.
The donation represents about 12 percent of what was raised in the annual Red Kettle drive last November and December when area volunteers rang bells in front of King Soopers, Safeway and Walmart.
“Our committee voted overwhelmingly in support of making a donation to help the Salvation Army do what it does best when it comes to responding to disasters throughout our state,” said Kent Huff, chair of the local committee in Evergreen. “We know that if we were experiencing wildfires here in Evergreen or Conifer, we’d be dependent on donations from others to feed the firefighters and help displaced individuals.”
The Salvation Army was onsite with mobile kitchens to feed first responders and evacuees at shelters. Volunteers from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming operated the canteens, providing full meals, snacks and cold beverages.
Donations to the Salvation Army can be made by visiting www.imsalvationarmy.org or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY. Checks payable to The Salvation Army can be mailed to 1370 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80203. In all cases, donations can be designated for “Colorado Disaster Relief.”