Donations Pour In For Fire Victims

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

Since the Castle West fire broke out, there has been no shortage of support from the Colorado Springs community. At the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter, response has been overwhelming, to the point officials say they no longer have room for things like clothing and supplies. Director of Financial Development, Paul Koch, says there is however still plenty of room and plenty of need for cash.
"So far we've given about $18,000 in relief and we've collected about $12,000," said Koch. "As you can see, we still have a deficit to make up."
On Wednesday, several people walked into the Red Cross to help fill that financial gap, including Dan Koenigsman.
"I have a 9 and a 12-year-old," said Koenigsman. "They both wanted to donate because they have a nice warm house and these people lost everything."
Speaking of houses, Fort Carson is offering up almost 300 houses for displaced families.
"We have a lot of empty homes at Fort Carson," said Project Director of Fort Carson Family Housing. "It's kind of a coincidence, so I put 2 and 2 together and just thought we could help."
The phones at the Red Cross won't stop ringing with people wanting to make financial and physical donations. The Red Cross is directing them to the following locations:

SALVATION ARMY; for furniture, mattresses, beds, household items and winter clothes.

2730 East Platte

5050 South Webber

2222 West Colorado

Make sure items are clearly marked, "For Castle West Evacuees."

CARE AND SHARE FOOD BANK OF SOUTHERN COLORADO; for food only.

2520 Aviation Way, #130, Colorado Springs

Saturday will feature a free giveaway for fire victims and the homeless.

AMERICAN RED CROSS PIKES PEAK CHAPTER; Monetary Donations

1040 South 8th Street, Colorado Springs Colorado, 80906; 719-632-3563

Make checks payable to the American Red Cross and write "Disaster Relief," in note. You can also donate on line at www.pparc.org.


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