Locals step up to help flood victims

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Whether they are spending time out on the Front Range to help flood victims or organizing donation drives at home, locals are taking disaster relief into their own hands.

"I either go to a shelter and start seeing how people may need some support or I may go out with a case work team with a nurse and go door to door checking on people," said Les Orser, a volunteer for the American Red Cross. "Never know until you get there. The buzz word in the Red Cross is flexibility."

The local American Red Cross and Salvation Army have a number of volunteers from Grand Junction in the disaster zone already. Even more people, like Orser, are getting ready to join them.

"I like going out not knowing what’s going to be there and just dealing with what comes," Orser said. "Whatever people need. That’s what the Red Cross does."

But those who are not able to spend time away from home are still finding ways to help. Leanda Ridgway is collecting items to be donated to flood victims.

"I couldn't go over there, but I thought as a community we could pull together and show them that you know what we understand that it could've easily been the Grand Valley," Ridgway said. "It could've easily been any one of us."

Ridgway is collecting items at 1874 Highway 6 and 50 in Fruita. She will accept anything people are willing to give that will help the victims.

"Everything that is brought will go," she said. "It will have a home. It will make somebody smile whenever they’ve lost everything."

People can also drop of items to be donated at the Kyle Turley Allstate office in Grand Junction.

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