Estimated Black Forest Fire Recovery Needs Soar

July 01, 2013
Courtney Culpepper | | (303) 860-5460

Denver, CO (July 1, 2013) – Since the Black Forest Fire’s eruption, The Salvation Army has provided over 2,000 volunteer hours, 50,000 meals and snacks and 50,000 drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees. 

Over the past several weeks, The Salvation Army provided support to hundreds of evacuated residents returning home to uncertainty and destruction.  Disaster services personnel filled the heavy air with hope providing food, water, clean-up supplies and emotional care to those affected by the wildfire.

As the community begins to rebuild, The Salvation Army will be there for those who have lost more than 500 homes and 38 businesses.  The cost of recovery, though, will be tremendously high.  Preliminary estimates recently released show that around 28% of homes and 95% of home businesses destroyed in the Black Forest Fire were uninsured.

Still today, The Salvation Army continues to provide recovery aid to those impacted by last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.  Though this recovery continues, our expenses have far exceeded donations received for these efforts.

 Monetary donations are desperately needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the long recovery ahead.  The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.

To give, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.”  You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.*  Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to:

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304

In--kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area.  However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

*standard data & messaging rates may apply

Culpepper Public Relations & Special Events Director THE SALVATION ARMY I INTERMOUNTAIN DIVISION 1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203 Office: 303-860-5460 I Mobile: 702-402-4449 Email:

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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