Firefighters are still trying to contain the Waldo Canyon fire at this time. As everyone’s hearts go out to those affected by this loss, please be ever so vigilant as to those that are setting up false donation websites and centers. This type of crises provides the opportunity for thieves to play upon your emotions and to take advantage of the situation. Fake charities will often name their organization something closely related to a well known legitimate organization. These everyday thieves have also been known to use a legitimate organization's logos for their own personal gain. Before giving out any of your personal information, such as credit card or bank account numbers, you can check out any charity with the Better Business Bureau, and your local Secretary of State.
In regards to making donations specifically for the Waldo Canyon victims, the following information has been provided for your donation safety:
The BBB has stated that “The Pikes Peak Region of the America Red Cross does not solicit donations by phone, through door-to-door representatives or via e-mail. If you would like to help, please go to www.pparc.org .”
A media advisory by Woody Percival, Fire Inspector/PIO urged that “everyone with the ability and the desire to donate to take advantage of the organizations tasked with getting the right resources to the right people at the right time”. The advisory further stated that the State of Colorado and COVOAD set up a website with updated information on immediate needs at www.helpcoloradonow.org.
Other safe centers that have been reported for donations in Pueblo County are:
- Red Cross, 4104 Outlook Blvd., Suite 135-D, Pueblo, CO or call (719)561-2614
- Non-perishable food items are being accepted at Care & Share Warehouse, 100 Greenhorn Drive, Rye, CO or call (719)545-0173
- Goodwill Store (near the Pueblo Mall, 3610 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, CO
- Pueblo Electrics, 1502 Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo, CO or call (719)584-2080