Nonprofits: Send us your wishes | AspenTimes.com

Nonprofits: Send us your wishes

It’s that time of year again.For the last few years, The Aspen Times has tried to promote a community-wide spirit of charity and generosity by inviting local nonprofit organizations to send us their wishes for the year, short lists of the items they need most to further their missions. We take those wish lists and then publish them in the newspaper around Christmas, asking readers to peruse the lists and see how they can help.Numerous organizations have thanked us for publishing these wish lists, and some said the donations even helped them survive the post-Sept. 11 recession that drove down contributions. The economy seems to have recovered, but we’re going to run the list this year anyway, in the hope of giving our local charities a holiday boost.So, any and all nonprofit organizations from Glenwood Springs to Aspen are invited to send us lists of up to three items they need. Please be as concise as possible because of space limitations in the paper, and make sure to include a contact person and phone number. The lists can be hand-delivered to our office at 310 E. Main St. in Aspen, faxed to 925-9156, or (preferably) e-mailed to cathlutz@aspentimes.com with the words “WISH LIST” in the subject line.We must receive lists by 5 p.m. Dec. 21. We will take the lists and publish all verifiable submissions in this space on Friday, Dec. 23, before the Christmas holiday. By “verifiable,” we mean that we can call the organization and ensure that the list is authentic.Thanks to all of the valley’s nonprofits and their staffs for the good work they do, and thanks for participating in this annual tradition. This is our way of connecting the reading public with the charitable organizations – arts groups, environmental groups, social services providers, health and medical outfits, youth organizations – that in many ways form the social and cultural backbone of the Roaring Fork Valley.