HELP WITH THE WILDFIRE RELIEF

West Coast:

San José Fire Department has received many generous offers of donations for firefighters combating the wildland fires and we are extremely grateful. A friendly wave, smile, and thank you is a great alternative to show your support for our hardworking firefighters. As our needs are being met, we would like to recommend that citizens consider donating to the victims of the fires.

Red Cross Donations
You can help fire victims through a monetary donation to the Red Cross, www.redcross.org/donate. The Red Cross cannot accept unsolicited material donations. Businesses wishing to make an in-kind donation of materials should go to: www.redcross.org/contact-us/in-kindform.html

Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities
For those who wish to donate time, please see the Red Cross website for information on how to become a volunteer: www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html.

San Mateo & Santa Clara County Fire Relief Fund
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation San Mateo & Santa Clara County Fire Relief Fund is another effort you may consider supporting. Donations to this fund will support nonprofit organizations based in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that are working directly with individuals and families who have been harmed by this disaster. For more information, visit www.siliconvalleycf.org/san-mateo-santa-clara-fire-relief.

Mid West:

As wildfires continue to rage across Colorado, Atmos Energy on Wednesday announced a $7,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming to provide immediate disaster relief.

“As first responders and safety ambassadors ourselves, our Atmos Energy teams are extremely appreciative of the disaster relief efforts during this tumultuous wildfire season,” said Gary Gregory, Atmos Energy Colorado/Kansas Division president. “By supporting the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming, we are committed to meeting the immediate needs of our neighbors directly impacted by these wildfires.”

In almost two weeks, the Red Cross deployed 56 disaster relief workers to combat the Colorado wildfires. They continue to provide resources to fires burning throughout the state, including most recently the Lewstone Fire in Laporte. The Red Cross is sheltering 25 evacuees in individual hotel rooms to ensure people have a safe place to stay during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our volunteers are truly dedicated to providing shelter, food and care to the people affected by the Colorado wildfires. Partners like Atmos Energy ensure that we can support the community in times of need. We are so appreciative of their commitment to Colorado and the Red Cross mission, especially at a time when so many people are affected by the devastation of these fires,” said Gino Greco, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming.

Call for entries: Miniature show, ‘Working Small’

The Blue Spruce Gallery is hosting the popular 10th annual “miniature artwork” show in September and October. Entries are due Sept. 7 to the gallery at 205 West Main in Florence. Entry forms are available at the gallery or online at www.bluespruceart.com. Cash prizes will be awarded. Image size of the pieces can be no larger than 35 square inches, not including the frame. Three-dimensional work is accepted into the show, with a size limit of 200 cubic inches. Artists can enter up to four pieces for this popular show. Cash prizes will be awarded the night of the reception.

For more information, call 719-784-1339.

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