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How to help Boulder County fire victims

Several organizations are collecting donations to help people affected by the devastating wildfire in Boulder County.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo — Several organizations are collecting donations to help people affected by the devastating wildfire in Boulder County.

The Marshall Fire has destroyed nearly 1,000 homes and burned more than 6,200 acres. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated as the fire spread through the Superior, Louisville and Broomfield areas. 

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said they've recent an outpouring of support from community members who want to donate or volunteer. They're asking that people do not "self-deploy" and instead register to donate and look for designated donation sites first.

Several Colorado nonprofits are collecting funds to help people affected by the fires. Here's how to help. 

Community Foundation Boulder County

9NEWS viewers can donate specifically through the Community Foundation Boulder County's Word of Thanks page, part of Next with Kyle Clark's Word of Thanks micro-giving campaign that supports Colorado nonprofits.

Community Foundation Boulder County has a long track record of working with a wide variety of community groups to ensure that crisis support can last for years. Their staff also lives in the community and have been impacted by the fire.

More than 30,000 people had to evacuate because of this emergency. Community Foundation Boulder County will be in it for the long haul; their Boulder County Wildfire Fund will meet short and long-term needs of Coloradans impacted by the Marshall Fire.

You can donate here.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

If you'd like to donate money, you can visit boulderoem.com. There are instructions on how to donate.

For housing offers, register through Airbnb's Open Homes Program to help connect those who have been displaced with willing hosts in the area.

If you'd like to donate items:

Sister Carmen is taking limited donations that can be dropped off at 655 Aspen Ridge Drive in Lafayette at the East entrance during open hours only. They are currently accepting:

  • Cash at www.sistercarmen.org
  • Gift cards in $100 increments to Walmart, Target, Costco, local area restaurants.
  • Food: Easy-to-eat and no-prep food such as granola bars, snack mixes, apples, oranges, peanut butter, bread, crackers, packaged frozen foods, soups, bottled water etc. No homemade or hot prepared meals.
  • Sleeping bags in good condition only.

Colorado Responds

Anyone who wants to donate or volunteer can go to this website to learn how best to help people impacted by the Boulder County fires: coloradoresponds.org.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is providing 1,000 meals three times a day to evacuees and first responders. Meals will be transported to the Lafayette YMCA. A donation link is now available here.

To donate to the Marshall Fire relief efforts, visit salarmy.us/firerelief2022 or text FIRERELIEF to 51555. 

To sign up to volunteer for this effort, click here.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross of Colorado has opened an evacuation center at the YMCA of Northern Colorado to support evacuees.

> To support the Red Cross, visit redcross.org 

Colorado Police Officers Foundation 

The Colorado Police Officers Foundation—the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police’s nonprofit foundation—has established a special fund to help law enforcement officers and their families who have been impacted by the Boulder County wildfire.

Several officers responding to the fires lost their own homes while working to help evacuate community members and respond to this tragedy. 

Donations can be made here.

To find more information about where you can volunteer, visit coloradoresponds.org. To find other places to donate, visit boulderoem.com.

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