Charity work gets creative |

Charity work gets creative

Basalt Middle School Principal Christian Kingsbury and Assistant Principal Ty Hayden spent a recent day with pie on their faces for a UNICEF tsunami relief fund-raiser.

The devastating tsunami that hit South Asia in late December prompted an outpouring of aid worldwide, and Roaring Fork Valley residents were not immune to the call. They passed the hat around at the office and donated the proceeds of sales of Girl Scout cookies. But recently, local tsunami relief efforts have gotten creative.

Students at Basalt Middle School got the chance to throw pies at their principals while raising funds for the tsunami victims. In this unique fund-raiser, students contributed money for a chance to shoot a basketball from the three-point line or half court. Those who sunk their shots could choose from a variety of prizes, including throwing a pie at Principal Christian Kingsbury or Assistant Principal Ty Hayden.

The students, whose contributions were matched by Alpine Banks, raised nearly $900 to benefit UNICEF’s tsunami relief efforts.

The Pitkin County Library took advantage of deadbeats and raised more than $1,500 in just one week for tsunami victims. The library announced that it would donate all overdue fines and proceeds from book sales during the week of Jan. 24 to 30 – then raked in more than double the amount normally collected in a week.Libraries across the state participated in the relief effort, raising more than $15,000. Funds collected were contributed to The American Red Cross International Response Fund.

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