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Northwest Colorado pitches in to send relief to flood victims

— The first relief truck leaving Northwest Colorado for the flood-ravaged Front Range on Wednesday morning was a large flatbed semitrailer from the Craig area carrying a load of hay for stranded livestock. But humanitarian aid was not far behind.

Gary and Carol Burkholder, of Yampa, left from the Centennial Bank parking lot with a large pickup load of essential goods collected by The Steamboat Institute's Flood Relief Project and destined for the Timberline Church in Fort Collins. Many large relief organizations urge donors in times of natural disaster to donate money, not goods. But organizer Jennifer Schubert Akin is in touch with specific church congregations, including the Journey Christian Church in Greeley, that are dispensing everything from gym bags to clothing to flood victims who are running low.

"We've got friends over there, and I realized, we've just got to do something to help," Schubert Akin said.

She acknowledged that donating cash to relief organizations also is critical and suggested local United Way chapters on the Front Range.

Steamboat's Deloy Fox stopped by the bank parking lot Wednesday in his business delivery truck to make a personal donation of bottled water and pet food, among other supplies.

The Denver Post published an article Wednesday listing planned benefits for flood victims.

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The items being collected at the bank parking lot in Steamboat this week include bottled water, diapers, baby formula, gym bags, backpacks and toiletries for flood victims who have been displaced from their homes. A number of local businesses are supporting the effort. Notably, Ed MacArthur, of Native Excavating, has supplied trucks; and Curt Weiss, of Central Park Management, has supplied a large shipping container. SmartWool recently donated $10,000 to the flood relief effort.

Schubert Akin said donations have been pouring in for a similar effort at the Best Western Motel, 262 Commerce St., in Craig with folks coming from as far away as Meeker to help.

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How to help

Donations can be made online to the following organizations:

• United Way of Weld County: http://www.unitedway-weld.org

• Community Foundation Serving Greeley/Weld County: http://www.cfsgwc.org

• Foothills United Way (Boulder): http://www.unitedwayfoothills.org

• American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org

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