Why Overhead Door of Denver Supports the Red Cross

There’s a good reason Beth Ann Pettyjohn at Overhead Door of Denver is an enthusiastic supporter of the Red Cross.

Since early March, the Red Cross has helped more than 20 Colorado families whose homes were all-but destroyed by fires. Kelsey Wright, regional philanthropy officer for the American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming, recently related the story of one family to Pettyjohn.

“We Were Alone, Scared, Cold”

One morning, while on their way home from work, Doreen and Mike Preuit got a phone call and along with it news no one wants to hear: Their mobile home was on fire. Moments later they arrived to find their home in ashes. The first thing they thought of was their “babies.” Sadly, Peaches, one of their precious pets, perished in the fire.

“Our dogs are not just dogs to us,” Doreen says. “They are what completes our family.”

The Preuits also lost a large amount of cash, but they were able to salvage the family Bible and a ring that belonged to Doreen’s mother. Crushed financially and emotionally, they chose to persevere on their own, staying with their four dogs on their land south of Colorado Springs. They had dog shelters for their animals and a tent for themselves, but they spent a difficult week battling freezing temperatures, strong winds, snow and the threat of coyotes.

They finally decided to seek help. They found a dog-friendly hotel and called the Red Cross. Within hours, a Disaster Action Team arrived, provided them with money for lodging so they could be safe and warm for at least a few more nights, along with comfort kits so they could clean up and return to work.

The Best Part Was: They Listened

The Red Cross volunteers offered additional help as well: advice on starting a recovery plan; a list of other groups that could help them obtain food and clothing; and information on local groups that would help them clear the land where their mobile home once stood.

“They were like two angels,” Mike says. “Even though they brought us money and things, the most incredible part was that they just listened. We felt very alone during those long nights. We didn’t know that there were volunteers out there who would want to be there for us.”

The next day, a Red Cross caseworker helped Doreen connect with a counselor who helped her deal with the grief of losing Peaches. She told the volunteer that she had lost her glasses in the fire, and, the next day, she received a voucher for an eye exam and a new pair of glasses.

“We will never be able to express our [gratitude] and how very blessed we feel having so many people from the Red Cross genuinely care, worry and really help people such as my husband and myself when we were feeling alone, scared, cold and almost helpless,” Doreen later wrote to the Red Cross.

Is it any wonder that Overhead Door of Denver is a big fan of the Red Cross?

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