BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Trees cut down to keep flames from spreading are being turned into symbols of faith and hope.
Amanda Davis, her family and volunteers are transforming branches into crosses with donations from their work going to the Black Forest Fire Department. Davis calls the effort 'Crosses For Losses.'
"It's true Black Forest pine and instead of spreading ashes and fire and craziness, we're trying to spread a little love," Davis said. "You see a cross, you know that there's healing."
Black Forest crews were the first to respond to the deadly blaze that destroyed 483 homes. In the process, Chief Bob Harvey said the department lost about $6,000 worth of equipment that won't be replaced by the federal government.
"Equipment is what they need now and I think everybody needs to realize they're still out there, there's still a fire and they're still fighting it," Davis said.
Word of Crosses For Losses spread on Facebook and the family has gotten help from dozens of volunteers-- people they've never met before.
"I saw it advertised on Facebook and I just want to help our community so much," said Chris Barsness, who brought her daughter to help make crosses.
"I am blown away personally," said Davis' daughter, Destiny. "I've met maybe a new 20 people within the last hour that have just stopped by."
Davis is accepting any donation for the crosses, she will mail them, and has made them available at R&R Coffee Cafe at 11424 Black Forest Road. You can visit the Black Forest Colorado Crosses For Losses Facebook page for more information.
Another way to donate to the Black Forest Fire Department is to go to any ENT Federal Credit Union. The department has an account set up there.