Colorado Springs, CO (June 27, 2012) – As the Waldo Canyon Fire continues to threaten Colorado Springs, The Salvation Army is assessing the needs of the new evacuees and The Salvation Army's ability to respond to those needs. In order to better assist those evacuated to local shelter sites, The Salvation Army is bringing additional Emergency Disaster teams from Montana and Wyoming. In addition, a team will be arriving at the Summit Elementary School shelter in Divide, Colorado and Palmer Lewis High School in Monument today to begin feeding evacuees at those shelters.
In Colorado Springs, The Salvation Army is currently running all feeding operations at YMCA Southeast Family Center Shelter and Cheyenne Mountain High School Shelter. The Salvation Army's local units are providing for survivors' immediate needs, such as food, water, and comfort.
If members of the community would like to volunteer to help with Waldo Canyon Fire relief efforts, they can register online at www.tsacs.org/registertoring.
An appeal is being made for financial assistance to fund the relief work in Colorado. Those who wish to support The Salvation Army's disaster response may do so by sending a check earmarked "Disaster Relief or Wild Fires" to their local Salvation Army office, or by donating online or by making a credit card donation at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
About The Salvation Army
Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church
established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without
discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans
receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array
of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in
5,000 communities nationwide.