From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs
I live 6 miles from the Waldo Canyon Fire – we are not in danger at this time and decided rather than sitting around watching the news we needed to do something!
I bet you have all heard about the Waldo Canyon Fire by Colorado Springs and all the countless people working to stop it. But do you know that Girl Scouts are involved? Yesterday Colorado Springs Girl Scouts from Troops 1947 and 863 collected water and Gatorade to give to the fire fighters. I went up with my fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 863 and delivered the days donations at Coronado High School where a buffet and lots and lots of coolers full of drinks were set out for the fire men and women. Also, there was a Q&A with Mayor Bach and others. Today we are going to walk and play with dogs at the All Breed Animal Rescue Shelter housing evacuees pets. I really hope this fire will end soon, but I’m also glad I got to help.
Photos I’ve included:
1) View of fire first night from my house downtown: fire is orange glow center right (above Fine Arts Center Parking lot) and Pikes Peak is to left.
2) Bringing rehydration to the Firefighters at Coronado High School
3) In front of supply stash – we didn’t bring all of that!
4) Shopping for Gatorade and water
5) Mayor Bach
6) Media trucks
If your Girl Scouts or troop is interested in helping out with similar efforts, look for requests for help on the Waldo Canyon Fire Group on Facebook. Also, many of the local media outlets covering the fire are including information on how you can help. We’ve also heard Colorado Springs’ Care and Share is looking for non-perishable food items, especially looking for snack bars, cereal, crackers, butter and jelly. Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t raise money for other organizations or causes, but can donate money from troop treasuries or personal accounts.