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Adventist Community Services Helps Those Affected by Colorado Wildfires

The Rocky Mountain Conference’s Adventist Community Service (ACS) team has set up a distribution center in the Denver, Colorado area to help residents affected by the recent Colorado Marshall Fire. The 6,000-acre wildfire damaged or destroyed 1,270 homes and businesses and is considered the most destructive blaze in Colorado history, with damage estimates exceeding $500 million.

The distribution center operates seven days a week from a former Nordstrom department store located in the FlatIron Crossing Mall in Bloomfield. In a split report, W. Derrick Lea, director of NAD ACS, shared that the site has been extremely busy and there has been an outpouring of donations. More than 150 volunteers from all walks of life and from all parts of the country work with ACS to serve between 100 and 200 family units per day. Team ACS volunteers, local high schools and other volunteers sort, move and display goods for the relevant public.

Cathy Kissner, director of Rocky Mountain Conference ACS, said she expects the center to remain open for the next three months before handing over the operation to a local non-governmental organization (NGO) after training by ACS. .

According to Kissner, a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) administrator visited the facility and thanked ACS for the professional work they do.

“We ask for your prayers for guidance, wisdom, strength and protection,” Lea said. “Advice and wisdom as we help those affected by the fires with their insurance, government and property issues; the strength to do this work; and protection from COVID, colds, and everything else.

This article originally appeared on the North American Division news site