Volunteers make clean up possible

Volunteers that helped unload collected food at the food bank left to right back row are Lyle Dye, Diedre Todd, Ernestine Martinez, Jennifer Becker, Dale Becker, Officer Ortega, Officer Pino, Wendy Snyder, Teresa Abeytia and Steve Baer. Front row includes Officer Harford, Sharon Cancino and Carol Baer.

MONTE VISTA— During hard times it is good to be reminded to love and support individuals and community.  The Oct. 27th Make A Difference Day event embodied these qualities.
Make A Difference Day 2018 resulted in 123 loads of trash removed from roadsides and taken to the regional landfill. Also disposed of were 811 tires and 372 cubic yards of household, organic and construction debris.
Donations to the Monte Vista Food Bank were valued at $1,785 in nonperishable items, which will feed 94 people for three days. In addition, $401 cash was donated for holiday food items.
Organizers Steve and Carol Baer would like to thank the San Luis Valley Regional Landfill board and employees for opening their hearts, minds and gates to the community, for the 19th year.  Their donation of time, wages and uncollected revenue is greatly appreciated.
The Baers are also grateful to the Monte Vista Food Bank for their continued service to those in need.
Thanks also goes to San Luis Valley residents for cleaning up their yards and community.  Residents opened their pantries and wallets again this year and provided a meal for others, giving generously.
Top Value in Monte Vista and City Market in Alamosa gave food donations which helped fill in around the turkey prepared. Through their support it was possible for to provide a meal for the employees and volunteers on that day.
A special thank you also goes to the volunteers: Bill Pryor, Sharon Cancino, Ronnie Martinez, Lyle Dye, Jennifer Becker and Dale Becker and the people at the food bank: Teresa Abeytia, Diedre Todd and Wendy Snyder, who spent the day pricing, sorting and putting away food.
The Baers are grateful to all who participated in this annual event to help clean up their neighborhoods and county roads and to assist the food bank. Once again individuals came together to support two worthy causes, love for the planet and for people.

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