Jul 15, 2012 12:33 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Fire victims get help sifting through rubble from volunteers

For the last few days, victims of the Waldo Canyon fire have been sifting through the remains of their homes to find anything salvageable. Now, they have help in their search.

Samaritan's Purse, a disaster relief group that travels the country, gathered about a hundred volunteers to aid in the sifting process Saturday. Some were from far away, others were from Colorado Springs; they worked from dawn to dusk helping complete strangers recover from the fire.

Volunteers say it's about giving back to those who have lost so much, because support in a time of diaster matters. "This morning we found a lady's earring that was her great grandmother's, and that's the last connection she has to her great grandmother. When you make that kind of difference, you go home happy," Wade Gardner told News 5.

People of all ages worked through the day, some as young as 14.

More volunteers are needed; if you'd like to help you can be placed on the schedule by emailing

Orientation and training starts at 7:00 AM Monday - Saturday at Rocky Mountain Calvary. Teams assemble at 7:30 AM Monday - Saturday at Front Range Alliance Church, 5210 Centennial Blvd, for Tyvec suits, masks, tools and team assignments. Volunteers work for the morning then return to Front Range Alliance for lunch (provided), then suit up again for the afternoon shift if volunteering for a full day.

Fire victims interested in having Samaritan's Purse volunteers sift through their belongings can call 719-434-4872.

Teams will work until July 21st unless work orders are continued for another week.



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