In a guest column to Loveland Magazine last week, Jeff Stahla the Managing Editor of the Loveland Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colorado described the recent Front Range Flood as a "slow-motion disaster." USA Today described the Colorado flooding as "unprecedented."
Stiver had already started many trips around town begging for help for the western city and putting up flyers in public locations. She asked local businesses, politicians, groups and individuals to help her. The result was a flood of donations collected in the parking lot at Loveland Station and she organized the "Happy Hearts" senior group to receive donations under Loveland's four-sided town clock.
Under the clock, senior citizens rallied with the phrase, "It's Time to help Loveland, Colorado."
Marirose described a "God winks" moment under the clock when a couple from Loveland, Colorado came up after just participating in the Captain Seth Mitchell HERO 5 K a block away in Nisbet Park. "This young couple came up to me. He open his wallet and said to me, 'I want to show you were I am from."
"Loveland, Colorado. Yes," Stiver exclaimed. "He had just run the race. He and his wife and sister and her husband were there. He thanked us for what we were doing." He told Stiver that parts of his hometown, "Are gone." And, told Stiver that you still can not get to some areas.
"It is really bad," Troy Reed said.
"And yes I cried," Marirose says.
Angie Settell was also there under the clock. She said, "Troy Reed is a firefighter and helped out with flood victims." Settell said they just happened to be visiting friends in Loveland, Ohio. "They saw us collecting and came over to thank us. What a coincidence."
Marirose said, " It has been a journey. I can't believe I did it. I can never thank everyone enough."
Donations can still be taken to the loveland City building at 120 West Loveland Avenue, the Safety Center on Lebanon Road, or the Second Street Fire Station. These donations will be picked up by Matthew 25 Ministeries. Editor, Jeff Stahla recommends that monetary donations be sent to the United Way of Larimer County.