Collections begin for flood victims

Western Coloradans can send clothing, blankets, food, pet supplies, toiletries, baby formula — anything that might come in handy for people driven from their homes by the unprecedented Front Range floods — to the Front Range.

And they can send a message over the Continental Divide — “We got your back” — said Leanda Ridgway of Fruita.

Ridgway and her sister, Ronda Lobach, are collecting contributions for flood-stricken Front Range residents with plans to deliver them in two weeks.

Moved by the images of fast-moving floodwaters sweeping away homes, cars and the accumulations of lifetimes, the sisters decided to help out.

“It’s one of those things, like when (Hurricane) Katrina hit, and you wish you could do something,” Ridgway said. “It’s just five hours away” to the flood zone, and “we need to let them know that we do care.”

As for what kinds of donations would be welcome, “Imagine what you would need if you were displaced,” Ridgway said.

Coloradans might think they’re immune to natural disasters, but the floods prove otherwise,

Ridgway and Lobach are accepting donations weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week and next and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1974 U.S. Highway 6&50 in Fruita.


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