Thursday farmers market helps Black Forest victims

Free food, supplies available to people affected by recent wildfire

Black Forest Farmers Market

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Organizers called it a farmers market, but it wasn't quite like one you've ever seen before.  It had a special purpose.

The market was set up Thursday in the parking lot of the north campus of Pikes Peak Community College.  It offered free food, clothing, toys and other necessities for people affected by the Black Forest Fire.

The Care and Share food bank, Springs Rescue Mission and Community Partnership for Child development sponsored the event, supported by local donations.  Organizers said they were set up to serve 1,200 families.

Recipients drove up in their vehicles to a line of volunteers who placed requested items inside.  Each recipient also received a $25 Walmart gift card.  Recipients also could walk to a nearby area where clothes, toys, children's items and other items were available.

The market was a big help for a former evacuee who has a big family -- 11 children.

"I actually got laid off my job and been out of work," said Jay Thompson.  "Our biggest need are all those things because with the combination of the evacuation, our budget is very thin."

The market was open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Organizers said they may plan to hold another market if there is sufficient need.

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