I am a Fort Collins native. My dad was a native. My grandparents were both born in Russia and came to the United States through Galveston, Texas and went strait to Greeley, Colorado to begin their new lives as farmers. So, yeah, my Colorado roots run very deep. I’ve seen it change so much over the years and I could only stand to be away from this beautiful state for six years before I had to come back. This is home and I love it.
We’ve seen a lot of devastation in the last couple of years. First, damaging and widespread fires and last week, the rains began to fall and the rivers began to swell and flooding was happening all over the Northern Colorado Front Range. Roads are out, homes have been swept away, and cites are isolated due to washed out roads. People are stranded in their mountain homes, only able to be rescued by military helicopters. There are still hundreds who remain missing. There is even the first of many funerals taking place this week for two young people who were swept away in the rush of water that came down the canyons. It will take years to reconstruct and it’s September in Colorado, which means the weather could do just about anything. We could get our first snow tomorrow or we could have summer weather until the end of October. Either way, the impending frost and frozen ground will cause this rebuild to take even longer.
There is not a lot we individuals can do, but I’ve learned that starting somewhere, no mater how small, is the best practice. Moments By Mo has decided to start a t-shirt fundraiser. Our goal is to sell at least 150 shirts and this will allow us to raise a little more than $1500 to donate to our local relief fund. If you live locally (or even if you don’t), if you can afford the time, get on a team and help clean up, help rebuild, or go somewhere and give someone a hug and a listening ear. Make a donation to your local food and supply bank. Let someone sleep in your spare bedroom. Pray. Small is OK. Just do something. Let’s remember COLORADO IS STRONG. It will be a long road, but if we all open our hearts and minds, join in wherever we are, we’ll be back to normal again soon and, as a society, will be better for it.
Go to “Colorado Strong Flood Relief” and buy a t-shirt! They are $20 plus $5 shipping. Twenty shirts have to be sold in order for this campaign to even leave the ground. I urge you, beg you, tear up a bit to persuade you to share this link with EVERYONE you know and let them know that their $20 will help in reaching our goal of AT LEAST 150 shirts and AT LEAST $1500. All proceeds will go to the Crossroads Recovery Team in Loveland. This is my church. This place is full of amazing people who are willing to reach out, help, and do whatever is necessary to rebuild our community. Sure, I could donate to the United Way or Red Cross, but I like the idea of knowing that when I put on my work gloves and go out with a Crossroads team in Loveland, Fort Collins or Estes Park, that buying a t-shirt is going directly to the efforts I am helping with. Want to do more? Sign up with the link above and be on a team in the weeks and months to come, as we show the world how Strong Colorado really is!
OK everyone. . .GO GO GO. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Be what humanity was meant to be. Be giving. Be loving. Be open. Be good. HELP.
Again, here is the link for the t-shirt sales:
And the link for Crossroads Recover Team is: