I live in Mountain Shadows and during the Waldo Canyon Fire our family was evacuated for 10 days. We were lucky to not have our house burn, but 20% of our neighbors were not so lucky.

I live in Mountain Shadows and during the Waldo Canyon Fire our family was evacuated for 10 days. We were lucky to not have our house burn, but 20% of our neighbors were not so lucky. The months following the fire were grim and quiet in our neighborhood. I really wanted to be able to help out in some way. We didn’t have any close friends lose a house, and acquaintances that lost their homes just weren’t there anymore. I volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse to sift home sites before burnt foundations were leveled and the ashes hauled away.

The home site I sifted belonged to a family I knew. I helped tutor the son in reading at the local elementary school. He was a classmate of my daughter. I found Noah’s state quarter collection, but his sport trophies had all burned. I found some of his mom’s jewelry. The fire was so hot the only belongings that didn’t burn were metal, stone and some stoneware.

It was a hot, dirty, sweaty job, but I was very grateful for the chance to help out my neighbors directly.

~ Dawn Bergacker

Published: June 1st, 2016

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