“Hope Lives Here – Colorado” helps the youngest of the Marshall Fire victims turn their temporary homes into homes.
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – Colorado residents continue to find unique ways to help those who lost everything in the Marshall Fire. A group works to give children a new sense of hope.
The group calls itself “Hope Lives Here – Colorado” and helps the youngest of the Marshall Fire victims turn their temporary homes into homes. Their mission is to redecorate and redecorate the rooms of these children. And they add very special touches.
“I just try to make it as special as possible,” said founder Lindsay McMorran. She said it was like “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
“We actually kick them out of the house and our crew comes in and we fully furnish the rooms, decorate, we have our steamer to make sure the curtains and everything are perfect,” McMorran said.
McMorran knows how sacred a child’s room is. Her family survived two wildfires in California before moving to Colorado.
“They will always remember the time their house burned down, but I wanted them to also be able to look back and remember the day they got a brand new room and the community came together, people that they didn’t even know. They showed them love and created this amazing space,” she said.
She started this group on Facebook, posting the stories and needs of affected families. People all over the world responded, quickly buying everything on the kids’ wish lists – and more.
“There is a little girl who lost all her geodes and her collection of rocks. I have geodes coming in from New York, all over the country. I mean, his room might look like a museum. I do not know. We’ll see!” McMorran said.
Then a firefighter came to her with an idea.
“I got a message for a donation letter. Turns out she’s a firefighter and she was one of the firefighters on the fires. Her crew was on the fires. That one got me I started crying. They wanted to be a part of it. I was like, full circle. I mean we can have Batman and Spiderman. But to have firefighters there, they’re real heroes that worked. as hard as they could. To see them come back is just amazing. They’re trying to get every station to sponsor a room. We’ll send the wishlist directly to them. They’ll buy everything and actually be our editing team. and will be there,” McMorran said.
The effort took on a life of its own and came full circle, with the first reveals in the books. And it was emotional for everyone involved.
“It was very hard not to just start bawling because you could feel how happy they were to have their toys and a bed,” McMorran said.
They have already furnished 22 rooms, and they have dozens more in the pipeline.
“Anything we can do to keep this going. There are many families who still need our help,” she said. “I am determined to help every child there.”
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