Vail Valley title company launches food drive |

Vail Valley title company launches food drive

Scott N. Miller/Vail DailySome of the folks at Land Title Guarantee Company's Eagle office - from left, Trevor Theelke, Bob Rulon and Kelley Thorpe - show off just a little of the food collected so far in a Vail Valley holiday food drive

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Here’s a really good reason to stop into a Vail Valley real estate office – you can help feed local families in need.

Land Title Guarantee Company – a Colorado company with offices in the Vail Valley – has started a holiday food drive at all its locations. A lot of other businesses are involved, too, so it will be easy to find a box that will take a can of food to someone in need.

The idea behind the food drive is simple – local food banks are being overwhelmed.

“Last year, through October, we had 20 to 30 requests for food aid a month. It’s up to 100 to 150 requests a month this year,” Salvation Army case worker Tsu Wolin-Brown said.

To help cover that need, Land Title and its partners have collected more than 1,100 pounds of food already, and hope they can get even more.

While Land Title started the effort, a lot of local businesses have jumped into the effort, said Land Title spokesman Trevor Theelke.

The Vail Board of Realtors is involved, Theelke said, so that puts boxes – donated by the local Home Depot store – into a lot of local real estate offices. With mortgage companies, banks and grocery stores involved, too, the organizers hope the first load of donated food is followed by much, much more.

“It’s fabulous,” Wolin-Brown said of the Land Title effort. “We have a lot of businesses doing food drives this year, and there’s so much need.”

For people who like to travel light, both the Land Title food drive and the Salvation Army will also accept cash donations, and all offers of volunteer help will be gratefully accepted.

“Our food pantries have run out of food quite a bit lately, so we really appreciate what all of these companies do,” Wolin-Brown said. “It makes a huge difference.”

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or

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