Katrina relief effort grows
EAGLE COUNTY ” A Mardis Gras-themed biking session to raise money for hurricane survivors is one of the many projects area residents are undertaking for Katrina victims.
Bikers can spin to the sound of Cajun music and donate dollars for hurricane victims at a Sept. 20 drive at Aria Club and Spa, said employee Jennifer Sage.
The spa, inside the Cascade Resort in Vail, sponsored a similar project for tsunami victims that raised $14,000.
Donations can be brought to the spa, or a rider can be sponsored for $100 or more.
“There’s going to be a lot of energy and fun,” Sage said.
For more information call Sage at 479-5954.
Shirley Moseley, a New Orleans resident and Edwards home owner, is working with area preschools and elementary schools to collect books, gently used stuffed animals and donations for shipping costs. The program, dubbed “Kids Helping Kids,” is designed to get children involved in hurricane aid.
“Children want to get involved,” Moseley said. “Writing a check doesn’t help them.”
Moseley can be reached at 926-5145.
Local aid activists are organizing a meeting for people interested in the aid effort at the Vail Holiday Inn banquet room on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Individuals will discuss current relief efforts and how to bring the community together for aid projects.
People experienced in relief efforts will be on hand to discuss their projects and meet with residents wishing to volunteer and donate money and goods.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melina Valsecia said her experience as an immigrant in Eagle County helped her understand the need for a new way of looking at how service providers engage with the growing Latino population, many of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants.