Hurricane relief continues
Following are some of the relief efforts taking place for Hurricane Katrina victims. Information on additional opportunities can be sent to Catherine at email@example.com, 925-9156 (fax) or 925-3414, ext. 234. Because of an overwhelming response, the ongoing valleywide relief drive for the Gulf Coast is no longer accepting clothing. Drop boxes will still be in place through Oct. 7 for donations of nonperishable food, toiletries and linens. Boxes are located at the following locations: Alpine Bank branches throughout the valley, Clark’s Market in Aspen and Basalt, Starbucks in Aspen, Village Market in Snowmass Village, Safeway Food & Drug in Glenwood Springs, and The Citizen-Telegram newspaper office in Rifle. Reneé Rodney, who is from New Orleans, is seeking housing for herself and her family: her husband, 10-year-old son and three small dogs. FEMA will reimburse 100 percent of the lodging costs, including any cleaning required because of the dogs. The Rodneys are looking for permanent or semipermanent housing if possible, as they are planning to stay in Aspen. Call Reneé or Jason at the Limelight Lodge, 925-3025, room 113. Aspen High School is collecting money for its ongoing Aspen Cares-Katrina Relief project. The cash is needed for school supplies for Lafayette, La., a town hosting refugees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To donate, call the high school at 925-3760, ext. 1120. Aspen Middle School has adopted D’Iberville Middle School in Biloxi, Miss., which Hurricane Katrina flooded completely. School supplies such as textbooks, calculators, atlases and maps can be shipped directly via FedEx. Call 925-3760, ext. 2001, for more information. Goods, particularly camping and outdoor survival supplies, are being collected for the Pearlington, Miss., relief efforts at the former PartyLand store in the Red Brick Plaza in Carbondale between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit http://www.carbondalegov.org for information and a list of needed supplies. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Carbondale fire house or Town Hall; checks should be made out to “Carbondale Fire/Katrina Relief Fund.” Potential sponsors who can help pay for supply trips to the area should call Willard Clapper at 927-3502. The Buddy Program is accepting donations to benefit children who are hurricane victims, with a pledge from Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass (the Buddy Program’s benefactor) of up to $10,000. Big Buddies, Little Buddies, board members, national council members and supporters are encouraged to join in the efforts to raise up to $20,000, that will go to Save the Children. The money will address the children’s short- and long-term needs, with a special focus on bringing normalcy to these children. The funds would also go toward trauma support and counseling, educational activities, and the creation of safe areas to gather and play. Checks should be made payable to Save the Children and mailed to The Buddy Program, 110 E. Hallam St., Suite 125, Aspen, CO 81611. Any area hotels interested in donating used linens and/or unused toiletry items to the relief effort are encouraged to contact Kevin Harris of Aspen Maintenance Supply at 927-4764 to schedule a pickup. The town of Snowmass Village is looking for volunteers to help with its haunted house fund-raiser for the Pearlington hurricane victims. A volunteer meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Oct. 12 in Town Council chambers. Volunteers are needed to help with children’s games, setup, cleanup, fund-raising and more. Contact Jessi Pendergraft at 923-4700, 319-8786 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “Haunted Snowmass” will be from 4-9 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Silvertree Hotel Conference Center. Call the town at 923-3777 for more information. The Roaring Fork Kiwanis Club’s annual K-Putt Benefit Miniature Golf Tournament, which will benefit children and families affected by Hurricane Katrina, takes place Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m., at Johnson Park, 51579 Highway 6 & 24, in Glenwood Springs. The rain date is Oct. 16. Sponsors are being sought; you can donate anything from $18 for mini-golf tickets for underprivileged people who want to play, to $1,000 for golf course sponsors. Goods and services are being sought for a silent auction and drawings. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100 percent of the money raised will go directly to provide assistance. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 947-8325.
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