Valley residents support Make A Difference Day


VALLEY — The October 28 Make A Difference Day event was a success thanks to San Luis Valley residents, business and community support. This day is about compassion. Once again individuals came together to support two worthy causes, love for the planet and for people.

A grand total of 101 trucks, trailers and cars passed through the gates of the regional landfill. Deposited were 462 tires and 470 cubic yards of household, organic and construction debris.

These items will not be dumped on Valley roadsides, stacked up on beautiful scenic acreage or polluting rivers and lakes.    

The donations collected for the Monte Vista Food Bank were valued at $1,353 in non-perishable food items. That amount will feed 96 people for three days. The $331 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 18th year. Your donation of time, wages and uncollected revenue is greatly appreciated,” said the Baer family, who organize the annual event.

“Thank you Monte Vista Food Bank for your continued service to those in need. Thank you San Luis Valley residents for cleaning up your yards and community. We appreciate you opening your pantry and wallets again this year and providing a meal for others; you gave generously.

“Thank you to the many volunteers that gave hours of your time. Thank you to the grocery stores and individuals that donated food so the volunteers and employees could have a meal after working. This event benefits all who participate.”

Caption: Volunteers from left Lyle Dye, Brian Underwood and Bill Pryor help collect food at the landfill. Courtesy photos

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Vehicles line up to get into the landfill the day of the Make A Difference Day event.

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Food donated is stacked in the Food Bank waiting to be inventoried. Volunteers pose for a picture after unloading the trailer. From left are Lyle Dye, Brian Underwood, Bill Pryor, Steve Baer and Panda Jones.

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Carol and Steve Baer are organizers of the 18-year event.

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