When the flames were active, the Salvation Army supplied food and other essentials for first responders and evacuees, and collectively contributed over 2,000 hours of volunteer work. In the direct aftermath of the fire, the Salvation Army took on the colossal task of supporting Black Forest residents with both physical and emotional care.
Now that the embers have cooled, the Salvation Army is facing their most financially challenging mission yet — providing recovery assistance to home and business owners who lack adequate insurance.
Recent estimates show that 28% of the homes destroyed and 95% of the businesses were not insured. The Salvation Army wants to accommodate everyone in need, but it is monetarily impossible given the amount of donations received up to this point, especially in combination with the funds needed for ongoing recovery efforts after last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire.
For these reasons, the Salvation Army is sending out a plea for help. If you wish to aid the Salvation Army with local disaster relief operations, click here, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10.