From food to socks, here’s how to help with the 416 Fire

Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:20 PM
Holly Hagan, center, donates food to the Durango Food Bank on Thursday afternoon at south City Market. The food bank is accepting donations for people who have been displaced by the 416 Fire. On the left is Rick Crawford, the food bank’s development coordinator, and on the right is John Montle, a volunteer at the food bank.

People who want to help in response the 416 Fire have several options:

Monetary donations

Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado is accepting monetary donations for Community Emergency Relief Fund. This fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado. The Advisory Committee is working with government agencies and local businesses to develop a strategy for distributing the money raised. Efforts will support local people and efforts related to 416 Fire.

Donations to help augment the CERF can be made:

By a check mailed to the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado; P.O. Box 1673; Durango, CO 81302.By PayPal or credit card at the foundation’s website.Donating goodsDonations of clothing and household items accepted at Discover Goodwill of Durango, 1230 Escalante Drive.Durango Food Bank recently announced that it will provide food assistance to those who were evacuated and displaced because of the 416 Fire.

The food bank will hold donation drives to collect items for displaced residents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday at south City Market, 6 Town Plaza.Evacuated residents who need miscellaneous household items and food can pick up donations from Durango Food Bank, 194 Bodo Drive, Suite C. The food bank hosts regular operating hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Residents who bring rapidTag evacuation cards can receive special emergency food assistance. No other documentation will be required to obtain food and household items.

Seasons restaurant, 764 Main Ave., is hosting a “Sock it to Me” donation program and will be accepting over-the-calf wool socks, cotton bandannas, ChapStick and protein bars at the restaurant during regular business hours, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.