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A miracle in the mountains

Dear Editor:

In this age of slashed budgets and diminished charitable contributions, I would like to acknowledge the generosity and coming together of the hotel community in Aspen.

For many Christmases I worked on a large event in Denver called “Miracle on 19th Street” that focused on the homeless and hungry. All guests received a hot meal on china plates with real silverware (vs. paper and plastic); children received new coats, shoes and toys; and the adults attending received bags with toiletries and more. Inspired by this, I thought maybe we could do a mini “Miracle in the Mountains” ” turns out we can!

Friday morning, Dec. 19, I reached out to The Little Nell to see if they would consider donating products for gift bags for guests of the homeless shelter. (Indeed, there is a small shelter at St. Mary’s for those in need of a roof over their head at night.)

Without, hesitation the answer was yes! The St. Regis quickly joined in, followed by the Hotel Jerome and the Limelight Lodge. In just four days we had shampoo, body wash, lotion, bottled water, soap, razors and shaving gel, as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste for all the shelter guests. WOW!

Adding to the mix were Aspen Sports (refillable water bottles), L’Occitane (lotion) and Challenge Aspen (reusable drawstring cloth backpacks that make great pillows when stuffed with clothing).

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The gift bags were handed out to the guests as they arrived on Christmas Eve.

It is amazing how quickly this came together. Much appreciation goes out to all those mentioned. And, of course, Father Mike, the managers, case workers and volunteers who see that there is a place for the homeless to go.

In addition, a huge thank you to sweet Sue Gustafson who drove me around in the snow to pick everything up … AND designed a Miracle in the Mountains logo on a moment’s notice.

As you can see, it is a “we” thing, not a “me” thing ” “Miracle in the Mountains” could not have worked without everyone’s participation. And it certainly wouldn’t have come to life without the original inspiration from my friends Bill, Joe and Debbie.

Whatever holiday you are celebrating at this time of year, here’s hoping it is wonderful!

Allison Levy

Aspen

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