Opportunities to help Katrina victims
September 9, 2005
The Aspen Times is publishing a daily list of local opportunities to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Please note that due to the volume of ongoing efforts, only a select number of these items can be published daily. Please send information to Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org, 925-9156 (fax) or 925-3414, ext. 234. Woody Creek resident Deborah Hutchinson, owner of Aspen Pet Services, has been collecting supplies and donations to help animals being cared for at Louisiana State University and surrounding areas. LSU is also a feeder area for people dropping animals off that they have found or cannot care for. Those who want to donate leashes, collars, toys, grooming tools and shampoos, extension cords, fans, cages, pads, hand sanitizer, cages and airline crates can call Hutchinson at 618-9166. There is also a great need for animal medicine. Sherrie Schilleci, a Louisiana resident displaced by the hurricane with her 12-year-old son, is seeking a job and some other help getting restarted in the Roaring Fork Valley. She is currently staying with her sister, Snowmass Village municipal court clerk Charmaine Gillen, but is supporting her son without the benefit of her last paycheck. She could use cash (an account has been set up for her at Alpine Bank), tops in women’s size 2X or 3X or 22-24, pants in size 18-20, and size 9 women’s shoes. The boy wears sizes 14-16, men’s medium, pants size 18-20, and men’s size 9 shoes. Warm winter clothes are appreciated. Call Gillen at 309-4537 or 923-5330 to help. A donation center for Katrina victims has been set up at the Aspen Village Club House. No money is being taken, but from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays), you can drop off clean clothes, shoes, baby clothes, toys, diapers, towels, linens, unopened soap, shampoo and other supplies, toothpaste, brushes and sanitary napkins. All should be put into a heavy duty plastic bag to the Aspen Village community center off Highway 82 behind the Phillips 66 gas station and the fire station. Call Rockei at 544-0444 or 922-7011 for information or to volunteer. Helaine Weinstein, a local recreational therapist, is coordinating relocation efforts for hurricane victims to local homes. Her father, a Baton Rouge rabbi, is doing rescue work there, meeting people who need jobs and/or a home. She will coordinate efforts between her father and those who would like to house evacuees. She can be reached at 948-0724.Weinstein is also looking for local members of Angel Flight, an organization of private pilots who are offering their planes and services to the relief efforts. The Aspen Animal Shelter is seeking donations for displaced dogs and cats, as there are no local public funds available for out-of-the-area animals. Call the shelter at 544-0206 for information on donating. A silent auction is ongoing through Thursday at Fin’s Grille in Glenwood Springs, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. The auction will end with a Cajun buffet benefit on Thursday evening, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Fin’s is located at 710 Grand Ave. in Glenwood, and can be reached at 945-4771. New Orleans residents displaced by the hurricane and now living in Aspen are selling New Orleans Jazz Fest strawberry lemonade at the Aspen Saturday Market to raise money for their less-fortunate neighbors. Woody Creek residents Sam and Noelle LeBlanc, who are from New Orleans, have room in their home for hurricane evacuees. They can be reached at 923-3721.