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News in brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Middle School is kicking off its second annual nonprofit fundraiser to help students raise money while they help children locally and around the world.

Since Friday, AMS students have been sharing an online Giving Catalog of items that promote health among kids in need. Last year, AMS was one of the first schools in the country to pilot this project, and it turned out to be the school’s most successful fundraiser ever.

Students are sharing the Giving Catalog online at http://www.simplegiftsproject.org. Every purchase is 100 percent tax deductible, and 50 percent of all sales go to Aspen Middle School. Gifts range in price from $5 to $120.

The Simple Gifts Project is a not-for-profit organization that helps schools, teams, worship groups and other community groups raise money.

For more information, or to support Aspen Middle School’s fundraiser online, visit http://www.simplegiftsproject.org.

ASPEN – Aspen Community Foundation is partnering with The Aspen Times, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, The Rifle Citizen Telegram and Snowmass Sun to raise funds for the Emergency Assistance Fund to support those in need in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. By providing assistance with housing, utilities or medical and dental expenses, the Emergency Assistance Fund provides direct assistance to local individuals and families that find themselves in financial crisis.

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Donations can be sent to: Emergency Assistance Fund, c/o Aspen Community Foundation, 110 E. Hallam St., Suite 126, Aspen, CO 81611.

Checks can be made payable to Aspen Community Foundation, or to donate online, visit http://www.aspencommunityfoundation.org.

ASPEN – The Pitkin County Service Extension Unit has kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign. Service extension units are advisory organizations that serve as representatives of The Salvation Army in areas with relatively small populations. All service extension units are run completely by volunteers, and there are 54 locations in Colorado.

The main source of income for service extension units is the annual Red Kettle Campaign, and 90 percent of what is raised in the Aspen community will stay in the Aspen community. This money will be used to provide emergency assistance to many individuals and families throughout the year in the Aspen area.

This year, the Pitkin County Service Extension Unit will be ringing bells at City Market and Clark’s Market every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers are needed to ring for hourly shifts.

Call Dot at 970-379-2306 to sign up for a shift.