Colorado, Utah, Montana Wildfires Rage On As Thousands Are Displaced: 3 Ways To Help

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The 12-day old wildfire that spread across Colorado and Utah destroyed neighborhoods, forcing 35,000 people out of their homes at its height.

Lightning strikes in southeastern Montana started fires that have burned 300,432 acres so far — one of the nation’s current largest blazes. But, just as Obama said, these trying times are bringing Americans together. People nationwide are working to bring in donations, and provide meals and shelter to those in need. Tryna join in on the effort? Samesies.

+ Help out the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has h-core helped the situation, opening 13 shelters in Colorado, Utah and Montana for displaced residents. The life-changing org has also provided Colorado residents with more than 33,000 meals and snacks, 3,600 health and mental health contacts, and 4,900 relief essentials.  To help the Red Cross, you can:

Donate: online to provide relief and support to those in need. Or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Volunteer: to drive people to and from medical appointments, transfer supplies, or help support other relief operations.

+ Text to Save the Children.

Save the Children has partnered with local communities in Colorado, Montana and beyond to help the most vulnerable affected group: children. This org is providing supplies (think strollers, cribs, diapers, etc.) for families, as well as resources for emotional recovery programs for kids. To help Save the Children, you can text the word WILDFIRE to 20222 to give $10 to Save the Children’s relief efforts or donate online.

+ Buy some Wild Fire Tees:

These tees are SO COOL. All shirts are $20, with 100 percent of profits directly benefiting the Colorado wildfire victims. Some shirts induce serious chills with phrases like “Out of the ashes we will rise”, while others make you lol, dropping lines like “Let’s See Your Best Rain Dance” or “More Disco, Less Inferno”.  You can even choose to donate a shirt to a firefighter! Your money will go straight to Colorado Red Cross or Care and Share Food Bank AND you’ll look reals trendy. I’ll take four, por favor.

Oh, also, the people running this thing are unreal. They’re all Colorado based designers or business owners with full time jobs dedicating any ounce of free time to this non-profit project.

#Inspiring.

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Learn more about how you can help, and how to prepare for other disasters in your area.