“It’s difficult to think back to when the fires impacted our community, but the most prominent thing I can remember is an overwhelming feeling of sadness for the youngest affected, our children,” reflects Jennifer Henry, a Colorado resident who helped catalyze woom’s contribution of 127 bikes to her neighbors after the 2021 Colorado wildfire.
Jennifer’s neighbors were just some of the thousands whose lives were changed by the catastrophic Colorado wildfire. The fire, among the most damaging in the state’s history, began the morning of December 30, 2021, and spread with astonishing speed across suburban communities in Boulder County.
Nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed as a result, and tens of thousands of residents were forced to evacuate. Authorities have reported about 6,200 acres burned and have said it may take years to rebuild from the damage.
“In an instant, everything they knew and loved was gone, everything that made them feel safe and brought them joy,” Jennifer shares.
The first few days after the fire were somewhat surreal, says Louisville mom Laura Firman.
Laura, as well as her husband Paul, her 8-year-old daughter Lily, 6-year-old son Greyson, and dog Woody, evacuated their home as the fires approached. Already devastated, they packed their vehicle to the brim and left everything else behind as they found a safe place to stay.