Valley nonprofits: make a wish list | AspenTimes.com

Valley nonprofits: make a wish list

It’s the first day of December, and virtually every red-blooded American is looking forward in some way to the bounty and gift-giving of the holidays. So The Aspen Times is putting out its annual request for “wish lists” from local nonprofit organizations.For several years, the Times has tried to promote a valleywide spirit of generosity by asking nonprofits to send us lists of up to three items or services they need to help fulfill their missions. Requests for cash are discouraged. We take those wish lists and place them on the editorial page just before Christmas, in the hope that locals will respond with help for the Roaring Fork Valley’s numerous charitable groups.Organizations have told us in the past that this gesture has brought them both in-kind donations and equipment from office chairs to computer hardware.We invite nonprofits from Glenwood Springs to Aspen to send us lists of no more than three items they need. Please be as simple and concise as possible, and don’t forget to include the name of the organization, a contact person and a phone number for verification purposes. Lists can be sent or hand-delivered to our office at 310 E. Main St., Aspen, 81611, or e-mailed to Naomi Havlen at nhavlen@aspentimes.com.We must receive the lists by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. We will take the lists and publish all the verifiable submissions Friday, Dec. 22.We thank all of the nonprofit organizations that help protect our environment, enrich our cultural lives, nurture and educate our children, and serve our social and medical needs. This is one way of giving back to the people and organizations that give so much, year in and year out, to the Roaring Fork Valley.We hope the nonprofits send their wishes, and that readers respond in kind.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.