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Shell-shocked find sustenance

Patsy Stark
Staff Writer

Thanks to the efforts of Karolyn Spencer, unit manager and case manager for the Salvation Army, the Salvation Disaster Services Trailer has been humming along in the City Hall parking lot since 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

When the Coal Seam fire broke out Saturday, Spencer called the Denver Salvation Army for assistance. They, in turn, phoned Salvation Army Service Director Dan Waaler in Grand Junction, who brought the trailer to Glenwood Springs.

“Our specialty is home-made food for the people working in the disaster. You know, the shell-shocked, like the police, firefighters, Forest Service personnel, National Guard, and displaced persons,” Spencer said.

“We also have two mobile trucks distributing food to fire crews in areas like Mitchell Creek with sandwiches, coffee, pop, water, cookies and chili,” she said.

Inside the small trailer, Spencer checked on food in the oven. Outside, volunteers served food and beverages to camouflaged National Guardsmen and tired firefighters.

There are approximately 15 volunteers serving food to the disaster workers.

“A fire crew will come in and clean you out,” Spencer boasted.

“The outpouring of food by the community has been overwhelming. We received food donations from Snowmass as well as cookies from Girl Scout Troop No. 209 in Basalt,” she said.

Food donations include chili, chicken soup and brownies.

Area churches donating food include Grand Valley Universalist Church, Peach Valley Congregational Church, First Assembly of God Church in Glenwood Springs, First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, the Baptist Church in Snowmass Village, St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Castle and Mountain View Baptist Church. The Methodist Church of Glenwood, located next to City Hall, has donated facilities for showers and rest stops.

Businesses that have donated various supplies and food to the relief effort include Safeway, Phillips 66, Conoco, Village Inn and Wal-Mart.

When asked if anything else was needed, Karolyn answered with an emphatic “no!”

“The outpouring and care from our community has been overwhelming. We’ve never seen an outpouring of support like this,” she said.

The Salvation Army trailer will be humming along at City Hall 24 hours a day until the disaster is over.

“Our No. 1 priority is to give food to the disaster service workers, just like the Red Cross gives relief to the evacuees of the fire,” Spencer said.


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