May 17, 2014 10:00 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Black Forest Families Make Memories from Ashes

Many of those who lost their homes in the Black Forest fire are still picking up the pieces. On Saturday, they were given the opportunity to make artwork out of salvaged keepsakes.

"I never would have thought of doing something like this, and having the wood from the forest also is, will remain with me for my lifetime," says Doreen Wells.

Mementos were placed on wood cut from trees scorched by the fire. Terri Hannig is happy to have something left to treasure.

"Everything that just kind of reminds me of my childhood. It's a nice reminder," she says. "Yes, it's sad, but it's also happy too. And I'm glad I still have something left."

Lisa Wilkins and her family found a message of hope in the ashes. The quote, "Hope is something of a butterfly, gently it beacons, lightly it sings," on a small piece on the page of what was once a book.

"Some really beautiful verses, and I haven't yet figured out what book they're from," she says.

To Lisa, butterflies are a symbol of new life. The passage is especially meaningful to her this week. Her family rebuilt, and just moved back home.

"We have a beautiful new house," she says. "It's still very difficult to drive down the driveway. We're just grateful to be back on our land and be back together as a family again."

Aspen Pointe's Community Support Team for Black Forest sponsored the event along with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The community support team will be available for anyone in need until August.



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