COLORADO SPRINGS - Co. Many of you have been looking for ways to help families and first responders affected by the fire.
While there are dozens of organizations that would be happy to hear from you, there are also some people who take advantage of this situation.
Sometimes people will get calls, asking for donations- when in fact most disaster organizations won't do that. It's important to remember to do your research before giving money to just any organization.
When disaster strikes in our community, just about everyone is ready to help- but some will try to exploit the situation.
The latest warning comes from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, reminding all of us, they do not call people directly asking for donations- period.
If you get a call from someone making that claim, it's worth asking questions.
Sadly that message is one many in our area have heard before and many are ready for it.
"Whether it be through a church or the Red Cross," said a spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, "you want to make sure it's a legitimate organization you know personally instead of someone calling at random.
"I think everybody just needs to do their research and be aware."
Now in some cases, companies are contracted to make those calls and will ask you to make a pledge.
That is not a scam, but a lot of the time your money doesn't go to the people you expect it to.
Another reason its a good idea to research a company before handing over your credit card number
If you do want to make a donation we have a list of organizations we recommend on our website, kktv.com.