Louisville Surviving Businesses Help Neighbors Who Lost Everything in Firestorm – CBS Denver
LOUISVILLE, Colorado (CBS4) – A fire in December that destroyed more than 900 structures is the fourth time the Boulder County Community Foundation has activated its emergency fund in the past two years. This is only the sixth time in the history of his organization. Millions of dollars have been donated from around the world to help with disaster relief. Businesses have been destroyed, but standing stores are helping their neighbors in need.
Eleanor and Hobbs is a boutique in downtown Louisville. They don’t usually wear men’s clothing, but this week they are dressing a community.
People who have lost their wardrobe shop in a downtown store.
“My first thought was how can we give back to the community? We have clothes. So that’s what we did, ”said Tracy Hobbs, owner of Eleanor and Hobbs. “We have noticed that people who come in here come in the clothes they were evacuated in.”
Hobbs turned his store into a donation center. People started to bring clothes after seeing the destruction of the fire. Many stopped by the store to pick up lightly worn clothes.
“We served maybe 200 or 300 families. They just came in and we give them everything they need. We have clothes for their children, we have clothes for men, clothes for women, jackets. It’s nice to see a little spark of joy that we can send them in clothes, ”said Hobbs.
The store has also collected and distributed gift cards to help families who need to replace everything they own. Like many other stores, Hobbs seeks a space large enough to accommodate and disseminate the city’s bounty.
The Boulder County Community Foundation has stopped receiving physical gifts. CEO Tatiana Hernandez said they had stopped accepting donations such as food and clothing.
“It’s both a problem of space and coordination. Now that the Disaster Assistance Center is operational, that could change in the coming days. But for now and in recent days, our partners just haven’t had a place, ”said Hernandez.
Hernandez says the foundation has raised more than $ 9 million. She told CBS4 it was not clear if this fundraising amount would be enough to help victims who have lost everything. The county has already approved $ 5 million for residents whose homes have been destroyed or damaged. They always collect donations. What people will need later is still being assessed.
“It’s a marathon. There are the immediate needs of people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. There are short term and long term needs. We ask questions about who is insured and who is not? What insurance gaps may exist? Hernandez said. “We’re asking the questions right now. Over the next week, we’re hoping to get some of those answers to better understand what the real long-term impacts of this might be. “
The foundation is still in talks with residents to get a better idea of where the relief funds are going. They are encouraging everyone affected to come to the Disaster Assistance Center to speak with county officials and access financial assistance.
Find more information about the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.
If you would like to donate to Eleanor and Hobb’s Clothing Drive, visit their website. You can buy a gift card to give to those in need as they come to replenish their wardrobes.