Hope for Colorado Springs

by Megan on July 19, 2012

in Champions for Kids, Social Fabric, Theology for Ordinary Life

So a couple of weeks ago I mentioned the SpinBrush Champions for Kids simple service project I’m working on and how I planned to collect donations on behalf of the recent major needs of #WaldoCanyonFire victims in Colorado Springs. Here’s a recap of our #SpinBrushCFK shopping experience for this through this Google+ photo album here.

I’m happy to report that several families at my church in Oklahoma City chipped in to help with the cause.

I hopped over to Walmart not long after arriving in Colorado Springs and loaded up with food and oral care items to donate to Care and Share Food Bank. Check out the stash:

Earlier today, I was able to go up with a few others to Eagle Lake Camp to see first-hand how that area was affected by the fire. I’ve been asked not to share specific pictures of the camp online at this time and I respect that request. I also recently drove by the neighborhoods that were lost in this fire. I’m here to tell you, seeing photos of this does nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes. It is absolutely devastating. Out of respect for those whose homes were lost, I’m choosing not to post photos of that area either. What I can and will show you are some pictures of the Rocky Mountain National Forest that we drove through today.

This is Pike’s Peak through the recently burned forest:

 The majority of Rampart Range Road is closed. You have to have special permission to get past the road block.

 The whole area is in need of major work. Here you can see a clearing crew. They are currently in the process of cutting down dead trees and sending them through the chipping equipment.

Going up to camp was both hard and hopeful. So much devastation, but at the same time so much that was salvaged and so much potential for restoration in the future. In short, so much hope. Like these wild flowers amongst the ashes.

When I drove over to Care and Share I got the same sense. The donations I delivered today were just a fraction of what has been coming in over there. People are responding to the needs of others and it’s beautiful.

I love how the whole community is pulling together here to make a difference right here in Colorado Springs.

Be sure to check out the following links to see how others “spin into action” to make a difference for their own communities:

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Brandi July 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

Megan! Your post is AMAZING! I clicked through to the Eagle Lake site and watched the video they did. AMAZING! I can not thank you enough for bringing this fire and the needs of the people in the area to the forefront. It is hard for people to grasp the need sometimes when they aren’t there, or close. I completely agree that pictures just do not do it justice. A few days after the Joplin Tornado last year, my hubby and I went to check on things and help. The pictures that were coming into the news and online just did not even come close to what it actually looked like. You are an amazing person for helping, God bless you!

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