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Update: High Park Fire: How to help, where to donate

June 18, 2012

Want to help? Several options exist for donating to those impacted by the High Park fire.



Update 1:45 p.m., Monday, July 2 - Donations for firefighters staying at Westfall Hall are no longer needed, now that the fire is 100 percent contained.

Update 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 - Please do not bring perishable food items to Westfall Hall as part of your donation to firefighters staying there.


Donate to CSUCares fund for CSU employees, students

CSU has established a special fund, CSUCares, to accept donations to help provide emergency assistance to members of the CSU community who have suffered losses as a result of the fire.

A number of CSU employees and students have lost their homes, and many others are struggling with immediate expenses related to the evacuation, pet boarding, and more. While we also need to be supporting the broader community efforts, CSUCares is one way we can reach out specifically to CSU students and colleagues by providing small cash grants to help with some of their emergency expenses that aren’t covered by insurance.

Those eligible to apply for support include full- and part-time CSU employees, students and CSU retirees who have suffered losses in the High Park Fire. An independent committee will move quickly to review applications and award funds to get help to those who need it as soon as possible.

While this fund will be used now to assist those impacted by the High Park Fire, it also will remain in place to assist those in the CSU community who are impacted by future disasters. To learn more and to donate or apply, please visit

Donate to the Larimer County Donations Collections Center

Larimer County, in partnership with Adventist Community Services Disaster Response, has opened a Donations Collection Center to assist those affected by the High Park Wildfire. The center will be located at the former Mervyn’s space on the southeast side of the Foothills Fashion Mall, 235 East Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins (cross street is College).

The Donations Collection Center is open to receive material donations from businesses and the public. These donations will be made available to those affected by the fire at a later date when the Donations Distribution Center is open. The Donations Collection Center is open for donations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A satellite donations collection center for people to drop off goods that will be delivered to the Foothills Mall location also is open on the CSU campus in the CSU Surplus Property Building at 201 West Lake Street, on the southwest corner of Lake Street and the train tracks. There is road construction in the area through the week. The best way to access the center at this time is off of Prospect, north on Center to Lake St, then right on Lake heading East.

The CSU drop off location will be open for donations from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

High Park fire survivors specifically need:

  • Diapers (adult and baby)
  • Baby wipes and hand wipes
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, deodorant, etc)
  • New underwear in the original, unopened package
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Animal and pet foods
  • New bedding (sheets, blankets and pillows)
  • Laundry supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Large trash cans and trash bags
  • Work gloves
  • Shovels and rakes
  • N-95 masks

Please, no used clothing or bottled water. Cash donations are accepted.

Donate to the Red Cross

Donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief enables local chapters to have the supplies, logistics and trained volunteers in place when disaster strikes. You can choose to designate your gift to the local chapter (Northern Colorado Red Cross).

The Red Cross is not currently accepting donated items like clothing and suggest instead that people donate goods to a charity thrift store such as ARC or Goodwill that is equipped to clean and store the items; often, the Red Cross works with charity partners in the community to connect disaster-affected residents with these resources.

For more information, visit Colorado Red Cross.

Offer housing to displaced CSU colleagues

CSU employees and students are looking for month-to-month and short-term places to rent in what is already a very tight rental market. If you are a CSU employee or student who is going on sabbatical or traveling and have a home that will be vacant for a couple of weeks or an extended period of time in the coming months, please consider opening it to our evacuees.

Contact Lanai Greenhalgh in the Ombuds and Employee Assistance Program and she can help make any possible connections.

Donate toiletries to firefighters, National Guard personnel staying in residence halls

Update 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 26 - Please do not bring preishable food items to Westfall Hall as part of your donation.

Housing and Dining is coordinating a Firefighter Donation Table in Westfall Hall to allow campus community members to donate non-refrigerated food items and toiletries to firefighters staying in the residence halls.

Suggested toiletries include (but all donations are welcome):

  • Travel-size shaving cream
  • Disposable razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Travel-size shampoo and conditioner
  • Travel-size soap
  • Travel-size mouthwash
  • Dryer sheets
  • Flip flops/shower shoes

Items may be dropped off at Westfall Hall with a preferred time of 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Evening and weekend drop-offs welcome, but visitors may need to buzz the front desk if the front doors are not open.

No visitors will be allowed onto the floors housing firefighters and will only be allowed in the lobby. This is for the safety and security of firefighters and other CSU conference guests, and to ensure that the firefighters get rest.


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009