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Seeking help for Pakistan

Dear Editor:We are asking for a little help.The official death toll from the earthquake in Pakistan is now 74,000 and expected to go much higher. Part of the area affected was in the Himalaya mountain region. You have all heard of K2. Climbers from the U.S. and other countries will all attest to the good-natured, kind, hardworking people of this region. These people are without medical care, shelter, food and clothing. It is approaching winter in the region, and without warm clothes thousands could freeze to death.We are asking everyone to donate any winter coats, hats, sweaters, gloves, sleeping bags and anything weather proof they have hanging in their closet not being used. Your donated coat won’t just keep someone warm – it will keep them alive. The clothing is part of the American Alpine Club and the Pakistani Alpine Club’s effort to bring help to the foothills region, places larger relief efforts may have overlooked. Check out http://www.americanalpineclub.org for details. I will be renting a U-Haul truck and driving the donations to Golden on Nov. 18. If you are interested in helping pack and label boxes on the evening of Nov. 17, give me a call – Sallie Shatz, 923-6757.If you would prefer to make a cash donation, information is available on the web, or you can mail donations to the American Alpine Club, 710 10th St., Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401. Be sure to make a note on your donations that this is for Pakistani earthquake relief.Upvalley donations can be dropped off outside Mountain Rescue-Aspen, 630 W. Main St. (one block east of the Hickory House); deadline: Nov. 16 If you are upvalley, stop by and look in the window: The growing mass is a beautiful site.Downvalley donations are being collected at CRMS, deadline Nov. 15. Contact Michelle Williams – 274-4002.Let’s fill this truck to the brim!Sallie ShatzOld Snowmass

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