Thursday, December 27, 2012

Telluride community comes together for kids & disaster relief

By Neal Elinoff, Western Colorado Blogger

A little over a week ago, one of my colleagues at work suggested that we have a Holiday party in our jewelry store and invite the community to bring an unwrapped toy as a price for entry. We'd have one of his former buddies from the Marines get us a spiffy new recruit fresh out of boot camp to accept the toys and bring them to the Marines' last flight out for their annual US Toys for Tots Christmas program.  We decided to make it our first, annual community Holiday party.

Telluride is isolated, remote and has only one toy store, which closes early. We needed another charity that would be a good match for people who want to write a check instead of bringing a toy. Naturally, as the Western Colorado blogger for the Red Cross, the American Red Cross became our cash beneficiary.

With tourists finally arriving after a sleepy start to our ski season, Saturday, December 22nd would be our target date.

We put ads in the newspapers. Put up a banner. Passed out flyers at the hotels and the ski clubs. We arranged for a wonderful acoustical string duet and the best Thai restaurant in America to cater it.

We partied from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. We collected boxes of toys and over $1,200 in cash and checks for the American Red Cross.

It was a very good night. Disadvantaged children everywhere will be remembered with new toys. The American Red Cross was remembered in our community for their contribution to Service members and victims of disasters.

Thank you to everyone in the Telluride community who helped make this first-ever event a success.

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