Vail Valley: SteamMaster, Salvation Army team up for year-long food drive |

Vail Valley: SteamMaster, Salvation Army team up for year-long food drive

Daily Staff ReportNewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO, Colorado

SteamMaster extends food collection for Salvation ArmySteamMaster Restoration & Cleaning and Colorado Basement Systems, a longtime Vail Valley business, is extending its food drive for the Vail Valley Salvation Army. Technicians and employees are collecting non-perishable food items from clients and donors as part of the “We Will Clean Your Pantry” campaign. In addition to a drop box at the companies’ offices, technicians will pick up items at their cleaning and restoration job sites. People can also call the office to schedule a pick-up.”We are extending the efforts year ’round in 2010 to help keep the food bank pantry full beyond the holiday season,” said Gary Gilman, President of SteamMaster and Colorado Basement Systems. “We are asking clients and customers in our surrounding communities to contribute, and we are trying to make it easy for them to take part by providing pick-up services.”Salvation Army case worker Tsu Wolin-Brown said the current economy has meant a greater volume of need for food and other necessities. “We truly appreciate the generosity of businesses in our community, who make it possible for us to serve our local community even during these stressful economic times,” Wolin-Brown said. “This effort by Steammaster is especially wonderful, since we get a lot of help during the holiday season. People need food year around.”Wolin-Brown also asked that individuals donate items such as soap, diapers, paper towels and toilet tissue.”When you’re receiving food stamps and having a hard time keeping food on the table for your family, simple items such as paper towels or soap become luxuries. Food stamps aren’t able to be used for these items. As always, we have a need for non-perishable food items such as bags of dried pinto beans or rice, spaghetti and jars of sauce, just to give some examples.”To schedule a pick-up, call 970-827-5555. If you see one of the company’s vans, you can flag it down to donates a few items. A drop-off box is also located at SteamMaster and Colorado Basement Systems’ offices at 1901 S. Main Street in Minturn.

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