A call to the lodging community | AspenTimes.com

A call to the lodging community

Dear Editor:The time has come for those people who enjoy the most fortunate circumstances to aid the less fortunate.As we turn the corner to the off-season, the resort communities of these Rocky Mountains have an opportunity to fill the ethical and moral obligations of their human existence to help house the less fortunate fleeing the strife of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.With hotels, lodges, and condominiums emptying soon for the shoulder season, the vacant rooms will allow us of the resort communities to help fill the needs of the homeless who are being housed by the hundreds of thousands by our neighbors to the south.What better way to expose the values we hold so deeply than to pull together as a community and leave a lasting and endearing legacy for our children to follow by helping the less fortunate in their time of crisis.I challenge all of you to organize your lodging, resort and chamber associations to work with your branches of the American Red Cross to help the less fortunate get back on their feet.Steven SmithBasalt