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MARSHALL FIRE: Louisville community opens free shop for Marshall Fire victims

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) – A group of local business owners and community owners in Louisville has opened a free store at McCaslin Blvd for families impacted by the virus. Marshall Fire it tore through Boulder County.

“In terms of how long are we going to be here? Until we are no longer needed here. I have this space indefinitely,” said Eric Reed, a local business owner in Louisville and who promoted the opening of the Marshall Fire Free Store at 375 McCaslin Blvd. speak.

Reed owned Acme Fine Goods in town and used his knowledge of retail to open a Marshall Fire Free Store in an old hair salon space that had been empty for several years.

“Obviously everyone is worried about people taking advantage, but right now the generous side is wide open,” says Reed.

Through connections with major retailers and donations from community members, the free store is organized in size and style for those who want to shop. Everything inside is free. When you walk in, a volunteer will give you a bag to refill and you can always ask for more.

“You walk in and you realize you have nothing,” says Reed.

Many of these are familiar faces to Reed and the volunteers.

“Today, I saw a kindergarten teacher who had both of my children, and she lost everything,” Reed said.

The store also has essential items such as cleaning supplies, hygiene products, food, drinking water, school supplies, and toys.

“There’s a sense of lost dignity when it comes to searching for everything, everything you can see here is organized,” says Reed.

From now on, unless the items are brand new, the store will no longer accept physical donations. But they are looking for daily food donations, to hand out to people wearing costumes to shop. They also need volunteers to come and work at the store. Arrive To register as a volunteer click HERE.

https://kdvr.com/news/boulder-wildfire-marshall-fire/louisville-community-opens-pop-up-free-shop-for-marshall-fire-victims/ MARSHALL FIRE: Louisville community opens free shop for Marshall Fire victims

Tom Vazquez

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