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Think of your neighbors

Dear Editor:With the recent kickoff of the annual Neighbor to Neighbor Giving Program of the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, I was reminded of the early days of this campaign in support of Roaring Fork Valley health and human-services organizations. I served on the founding board of what was at that time a unique opportunity for citizens at all socioeconomic levels to join their neighbors in giving to those in need through one-time gifts or payroll deduction.In the first year of the program as our representatives were making presentations to local employers and their employees, one of the employee groups were the workers at the Pitkin County Landfill. The presentation was delivered in both English and Spanish. At the conclusion, when employees were given an opportunity to sign up for payroll deduction, 100 percent of Pitkin County Landfill employees had agreed to participate in payroll deductions. In that same year, we also received one-time gifts in amounts as small as $1 to $5 from local residents who wanted to give despite limited resources.Our community has always been incredibly generous to local nonprofit organizations and the Neighbor to Neighbor Giving Program delivers a powerful message that, given the right opportunity, every individual can contribute in a meaningful way. I urge the community to join the family of neighbors giving to neighbors by going to the website at http://www.avmfaspen.org/ntn.Sue SmedstadSnowmass Village