Letter to the Editor: Make A Difference Day 2018

During hard times it is good to be reminded to love and support individuals and community.  The October 27th Make A Difference Day event embodied these qualities.

The Baer Family is grateful to all who participated. Our particular event was an overwhelming success. Once again individuals came together to support two worthy causes, love for the planet and for people.

A grand total of 123 loads in trucks, trailers and cars passed through the gates of the regional landfill. A total of 811 tires and 372 cubic yards of household, organic and construction debris were deposited.

These items will not be dumped on our roadsides, stacked up on beautiful scenic acreage or polluting our rivers and lakes. These items were handled and disposed of properly.    

The donations collected for the Monte Vista Food Bank were valued at $1785 in

non-perishable food items. That amount will feed 94 people for three days. The $401 cash donated will be used to buy special holiday food. 

Thank you regional landfill board and employees for opening your hearts, minds and gates to the community, for the 19th year.  Your donation of time, wages and uncollected revenue is greatly appreciated.   

We are grateful for the Monte Vista Food Bank and their continued service to those in need.

Thank you San Luis Valley residents for cleaning up your yards and community. You opened your pantries and wallets again this year and provided a meal for others; you gave generously.

Thank you Top Value in Monte Vista and City Market in Alamosa for your food donations it helped us fill in around the turkey we prepared. Through your support you made it possible for us, Carol and Steve Baer, to provide a meal for the employees and volunteers on that day.

A special thank you to the volunteers. We had great help this year from Bill Pryor, Sharon Cancino, Ronnie Martinez, Lyle Dye, Jennifer Becker and Dale Becker. 

Thank you to the people at the Food Bank, Teresa Abeytia, Diedre Todd and Wendy Snyder, who spent the day pricing, sorting and putting away food.

This event benefits all who participate.

With love and gratitude, 

Carol and Steve Baer


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