Mitt Romney met privately with people displaced by the fires that have ravaged this state in recent weeks, and helped food bank volunteers pack supplies like applesauce, macaroni and cheese, and ramen noodles for firefighters and families affected by the disaster.

The Romney campaign did not allow reporters to listen to his conversations Tuesday with displaced families and at least one business owner who had lost his shop, but after hearing their stories, the presumed Republican nominee made a plea to Americans to visit Colorado (a message that had been conveyed by one of the victims).

“We’ve all watched what’s happened here with horror as we’ve seen the flames and the homes lost and the stories of the loss of life,” Romney told reporters during a brief statement in the warehouse of the Care and Share food bank in Colorado Springs.