Vail Valley Cares gives big |

Vail Valley Cares gives big

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeElizabeth Myers of The Samaritan Center with Greg Osteen of Vail Valley Cares.

It’s amazing what you can do with the proceeds of selling what people want to get rid of.

At the Thrifty Shoppes in Edwards and Eagle, there’s a group of hardworking people who, six days a week, keep the shelves and racks stocked and looking appealing for those who venture in the store looking for a bargain.

The store is operated by Vail Valley Cares, an organization headed up by Executive Director Greg Osteen. He’s assisted by an active board of directors that includes Lin Grubs, Rivers Jardis, Karen Nulle, Tommy Schneider, Jerry and Judy Sibley, Terry Smith, Ethan Moore and Rob Wilson. Jeff Apps serves as chairman of the board. The nonprofit, Christian organization has a mission of meeting people’s most basic needs.

Recently, the organization held its annual grant recipient lunch at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church, which was catered by Main Street Grill. Jeff Apps and Greg Osteen had the pleasure of handing out around $270,000 in grants to 35 organizations that applied for assistance from Vail Valley Cares.

“To raise this amount of money, it meant selling 90,000 $3 T-shirts,” joked Osteen about the huge amount that was being distributed.

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Phil Carter has taken over the Thrifty Shoppe staff that happily takes gently used and new items, from tennis shoes to tennis rackets, table cloths to dining room tables to be resold.

Organizations applied for grants from Vail Valley Cares a couple of months ago, and nonprofits from across the valley were excited to receive checks. Some of the charities receiving checks were Meet the Wilderness, Small Champions, The Literacy Project, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Wheels for Eagle and more.

For more information on Vail Valley Cares, e-mail Greg Osteen at or call 926-4444.

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