Vail Daily editorial:
As a group, we here in the Vail Valley are remarkably blessed (or fortunate, if you prefer). But not all of us are so fortunate.
There are too many of us in the Vail Valley who struggle beyond just making ends meet. We have neighbors whose needs are far deeper than simply buying toys for the kids. These neighbors of ours aren’t sure how they’ll pay next month’s rent or afford a doctor’s visit for a sick child or, in some cases, how they can bring home enough groceries to feed their families.
One of the astonishing things about life in the Vail Valley is just how giving we are to those who need a bit of help.
Proof of that came Dec. 8, Colorado Gives Day. A total of 42 county-based nonprofit groups participated in that statewide online fundraising effort, collectively raising nearly $780,000, a significant increase over Colorado Gives donations in 2014.
Some local nonprofits raised a few thousand dollars. A select few others benefited from six-figure generosity.
No matter the amount raised, everyone involved pronounced the day a rousing success. Everyone who donated has earned the heartfelt thanks of all those aided by those contributions.
Beyond Colorado Gives Day, a good bit of fundraising ramps up this time of year — the Salvation Army’s annual bell-ringing program comes to mind. There are other food drives, toy drives and coat drives conducted right now, too.
From bell ringers standing in the cold at local stores to businesses that dedicate office space for collections, our valley’s giving heart is on full display this time of year.
Whether you’ve recently made an online donation or have simply thrown a bit of spare change into a red bucket outside a local grocery store, thank you.
If you haven’t yet contributed, please consider a gift of whatever you can provide, from cash to time.
And remember, much of the money raised this month will be used all year.
At the Salvation Army, coins and bills collected now help fund the group’s food bank, cash assistance and other programs.
Need in our valley knows no season but seems to be particularly acute through the winter and around the holidays. Please be generous when a worthy cause asks you to share a bit of your own good fortune.