Denver7 Gives Directly Assists Victims of Marshall Fire
WESTMINSTER, Colo .– The Marshall Fire did not discriminate: Homeowners, tenants, seniors and students lost everything.
On Tuesday, Denver7 Gives helped two families from different backgrounds recover thanks to generous donations from Denver7 viewers.
In her Louisville hair salon, Kelly Day offers free haircuts for fire victims and first responders.
“It’s my way of giving back and thanking people for what they have done for my dad,” she said. “I can do haircuts.”
His father, Richard Daley, lost his 30-year-old home and everything he owned in the Marshall fire.
“I lost our home where we raised our children, our three daughters and our three granddaughters. Thirty years of memories. There isn’t much left but the memories,” Daley said.
Some of these memories are bittersweet. In November, his wife died in a home hospice.
“We brought the ashes home. She stayed with us on the fireplace until Christmas,” said Daley, filled with emotion. “My wife said she never wanted to leave this house. So she made her wish come true. She will be a part of this house forever.”
A family that has lost so much always tries to give, and asking for help is not easy.
“I’m not one of those guys who relied on help. I’m a guy who always said, ‘No, I’m going to help,’ Daley said.“ Every day I’m surprised that someone I don’t don’t even know help, and I’m learning to accept that help. “
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Losing a particular item made reconstruction even more difficult.
“All the things I have to do, all the restoration of my life now is exacerbated by the fact that I don’t have a computer,” he said.
Thanks to generous donations from viewers, Denver7 Gives bought Daley a computer and added Microsoft desktop software and a $ 200 Amazon gift card.
“We take care of our people in this community and across the state,” Daley said. “And we thank you.”
Meanwhile, Eddy Miscles also lost everything he owned in the Marshall Fire.
The 24-year-old was studying for his doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado and was commuting between Louisville and Boulder. His basement apartment was destroyed by fire and he got away with just his backpack and his dog.
Thanks to generous donations from American Furniture Warehouse and Denver7 Gives viewers, he was able to shop and furnish his new apartment with a sofa bed, coffee table, dining table and chairs, bookcase, lamp. , a storage cube and an office chair.
“Thank you very much,” said Miscles. “Really, it means the world to me and to all the other fire victims. We wouldn’t be able to rebuild without the help of your guys. “
Denver7 features the stories of people in need of help and you can now help them with a cash donation through Denver7 Gives. One hundred percent of the fund’s contributions will be used to help people in our local community.