Resource support

Donation centers overwhelmed by support for victims of Marshall fire

BROOMFIELD, Colo .– Walk into the Sill-TerHar Motor Ford Showroom in Broomfield and you will find, instead of cars, a sea of ​​donations.

“It has been an outpouring of our community unlike anything I’ve seen,” said Vice President Greg Larson.

He’s used to selling cars, but running a makeshift donation center is a new skill he and his staff need to learn – and quickly.

“I wasn’t expecting something like this so it’s amazing,” Larson said.

Donations started pouring in after he posted a post on social media asking people to drop off a few things. The rumor spread quickly and people kept dropping things off, even though a sign on the doors warned that the showroom could no longer accommodate.

“We started sorting out and changing the showroom from a showroom full of cars to all of these items,” Larson said.

From clothes and toiletries, to children’s toys and everything in between, those affected by the Marshall Fire can stop in the showroom and walk away with the items they need while they are in. they are starting to rebuild their lives again.

“The people who lost their homes to the fire, they’re going through a lot right now, and it’s the least we can do for them,” said Payal Goyal, one of the many volunteers helping to organize Donations.

The showroom, located at 150 Alter Street in Broomfield, is open this week from 8:30 am to 7 pm. Donations are no longer accepted.

A few minutes away, more than 100 cars lined up in front of the A Precious Child association, before its opening Monday morning, a sign of Coloradans eager to give back to those who have lost everything.

Among the donors was Kristen Gustafson and her cars full of donations.

“I’ve been on a big tour for A Precious Child at my house for the past two days,” she said. “[I] received six cars and trucks full of new and used items, thousands of dollars [worth]. “

Donations were also made possible by those who deposited thousands of dollars of items into the Bumps and Bundles store in Golden.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Autumn Stull, owner of Bumps and Bundles. “The people of Colorado and the people of Golden, I mean, I knew they would be strong.”

Inside the non-profit establishment, it was an effort on the bridge to ensure that every donated item was sorted correctly so that it could be made available within days, weeks and the months to come.

“We know this is going to be a very long-term recovery effort, and we want to be there for them every step of the way,” said Courtney Wickberg, communications manager at A Precious Child.

The association’s resource center, where fire victims can shop for free, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. It is located at 7051 W. 118th Avenue in Broomfield.

From housing to food banks and everything in between, there are plenty of ways for those affected by the Marshall fire to get help – and how you can help – after last week’s devastating wildfire. . Click here to find out more.