Apr 20, 2011 9:31 PM by Stephanie Collins
Monument businesses and volunteers opened their arms and kitchens to the 255 families forced from their homes today.
Oakley's Bistro at the Sundance Mountain Lodge offered a free spaghetti buffet tonight and discount room rates for evacuees and first responders, but they weren't the only ones helping today. Rosie's Diner was busy all morning making breakfast burritos to deliver to evacuees and first responders. They'll also give a free meal to any evacuee that stops by.
Rosie's says they're prepared to stay open 24 hours or more to provide to those in need, "What can we do to help the community? Because we had this problem a few years ago during the Hayman fires, so were just trying to help out the community any way we can," says Rosie's owner A.B. Tellez.
Oakley's originally planned to offer their free spaghetti buffet from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. but they still have a lot of spaghetti to give out, so they're extending that to feed as many as they can.
Evacuees we talked to say they have also received calls from friends and other members of the community that aren't in the evacuation zone, offering to help in anyway they can. It just shows how willing people are to help each other in a time of need.