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How to help victims of the Marshall Fire

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The Marshall Fire that swept through Louisville and Superior last week has had a devastating impact on thousands of families and business owners. These Boulder County residents need all the support they can get as they try to rebuild their lives from scratch. If you can help the victims of the fire, these are a few of the ways you can show support in the coming days and weeks.

To donate money to support the fire victims, Boulder County recommends donating to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund, which is managed by the Community Foundation Boulder County: commfound.org. You can also donate to the American Red Cross’s fundraiser for the fire.

Another good option is donating directly to individuals and families who have set up fundraisers on GoFundMe: gofundme.com/c/act/colorado-wildfires-fundraisers. According to a preliminary list released by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the fire destroyed some 991 structures and damaged another 127 structures.

In addition to donating money, you can also donate your time. Boulder County recommends registering online with Colorado Responds, which is a partnership between Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active on Disaster (COVOAD) and the Donation and Volunteer Coordination Team (DVCT), in cooperation with Colorado’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).

You can donate materials, water, food and even services by registering online: bouldercounty.wufoo.com/forms/donations. Sister Carmen is regularly updating its Facebook page with items, gift cards and other donation needs: facebook.com/Sister-Carmen-Community-Center-283772566050.

Since hundreds of families are now without homes for the foreseeable future, Boulder County is also working with Airbnb to provide temporary lodging for fire victims. If you have the capacity to help host fire victims in your home, rental property or vacation home, you can register with Airbnb.org.

Also bookmark these websites for the most up to date information on the fires and how you can help:

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