Published: June 27, 2013
A month ago, Christine Weise lived in Black Forest at a house surrounded by towering ponderosa pines, her own outdoors "magical wonderland."
On Thursday, she found herself in a college parking lot, sifting through a pile of free clothes for her daughters.
"The biggest thing I say all the time is that we're safe," said Linette Weise-Perschke, whose home on Frank Drive burned in the Black Forest fire. "That's our blessing."
She paused, looking around.
"Lot's of blessings up here," she added.
Those blessings came in the form of fresh fruits, boxes of food and free clothes Thursday during a giveaway by the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.
Carloads of families trickled into the event, which included clothes and toys from the Community Partnership for Childhood Development and hygiene products from the Springs Rescue Mission.
It came on the heels of another giveaway Tuesday in Canon City, which offered food to 300 families - exactly the turnout that the organization expected, said Lynne Telford, the organization's president and chief executive.