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Letter to the editor: Joan Peck: Longmont donations to Marshall fire victims coordinated through HOPE

The giving kindness of people around the state has been amazing but storing the items has become a major concern.
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It’s been a week since the Marshall fire. Neighboring cities have been working round the clock.
Longmont staff is working daily with Boulder County coordinating traffic re-entry and getting access to utilities and water.

Thanks to the residents who answered a volunteer call on Saturday to help with residential trash control in Louisville. Your help was very much appreciated.

One task of emergency situations is the coordination of donations. The Marshall fire is no exception. The giving kindness of people around the state has been amazing but storing the items has become a major concern.  

I have reached out to H.O.P.E (Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement), for help in storing donated items received from Longmont residents. They have the space and have graciously agreed to help. The donated items will be transported to needed areas per the county’s direction. Please call H.O.P.E. before dropping off items:  Main office - 804 S Lincoln St · (720) 494-4673. Storehouse - 801 Main St  (303) 776-3307. 

Suggested items to donate to H.O.P.E:
Gift cards 
Winter coats, socks 
Packaged/canned foods (No homemade or perishable food please)
toiletries

For cash donations:  https://ww.coloradogives.org/bouldercountywildfirefund?step=step1 

Stay updated with the city and county posts at: https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/Home/Components/News/News12077/3?backlist=%2f or at the Boulder Office of Emergency Management website at: https://www.boulderoem.com/

Once again, thank you for your generosity. 

Joan Peck
Longmont Mayor
 

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