Help from the heart |

Help from the heart

Basalt Elementary School students have collected $1,405.79 in their classrooms for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which was matched by Alpine Bank. Here, Michaela Perau, Anali Garcia and Zach Walsh from Cathy Sartors third-grade class count some of the change collected.

Here are the latest ways Roaring Fork Valley residents have helped Gulf Coast hurricane victims:

A local book club is spearheading efforts to provide cash, clothing and household goods for hurricane refugees in Baton Rouge, where efforts are being coordinated by resident Shandra Earl. So far, 25 boxes have been sent by mail, 17 boxes have been delivered in person, and $3,000 has been donated by Aspen Rotarians.

Aspen High School students collected 550 boxes of supplies and clothes for Lafayette, La., and sent them this Wednesday by truck.

The Roaring Fork Valley Information and Assistance line set up by the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation has helped several Katrina survivors who have relocated here with immediate needs like clothing, medicine and getting situated here. One family, one couple and two individuals are moving into housing provided by the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority.

Snowmass Village raised nearly $2,000 toward Red Cross disaster relief efforts during the Snowmass Balloon Festival Sept. 16-18. Donations came from the sales of commemorative pins, posters and other hot-air balloon merchandise, along with cash donations given directly to the Red Cross truck on site. Locals raised $5,032 at a benefit sponsored by Fin’s Grille & Raw Bar in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 15.

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