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Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. recently completed its annual employee giving program, Encana Cares, raising more than $1.8 million for charity; a new record for the company’s U.S. employees. Encana Cares is a generous giving program where employees’ gifts are matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. Because Encana covers all administration costs associated with the program, 100 percent of employee donations go directly to their charity of choice. And to make giving easy, employees are able to spread their giving over 24 pay periods. October is the program’s enrollment month. Encana’s Parachute field office hosted a chili cook-off to kick off the month of giving. The event raised awareness about the Encana Cares program and also raised more than $1,700 for the Riverside Educational Center and Kids Backpack program. Encana’s Colorado field offices, located in the DJ and Piceance basins, held special events to celebrate Encana Cares and raise awareness of local charity groups.

Colorado Elks Lodges are collecting deer, elk and other animal hides, which will be tanned and distributed for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health-care system.Some of the tanned leather is also cut and sewn into specially designed fingerless gloves, which are furnished to veterans confined to wheelchairs to protect their hands during movement.Once donated, volunteers clean, salt, fold and stack the hides. They are then transported to tanneries for processing. After cleaning and tanning, the leather is made available in craft kits to veterans to make wallets, clothing, belts and moccasins for personal use or to enter in arts and crafts shows. The program is totally funded by the Elks at no cost to veterans or the government. In fact, “Elks Leather” has become a national by-word among veteran patients everywhere. The drive is part of a nationwide leather program that the Elks have been operating since 1948. If you have any hides to donate please contact Tom Regan at 948-9127 or at more information visit the Elks Veterans Leather website at:

Local citizens are being asked to donate winter wear to help the clients of LIFT-UP, Catholic Charities, Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers, the Family Visitor Programs and other local nonprofit agencies in the valley through Christmas. The Defiance Thrift Store is the new main collection center for donated winter coats, hats, gloves, and boots at their new location at 2412 S. Glen (next to Domino’s Pizza) in Glenwood Springs, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or by special appointment. Donations are tax-deductible for individuals and businesses. Other donation boxes will be set up soon at Valley View Hospital and Alpine Banks in Glenwood and Carbondale.Those needing winter-coat vouchers please register at a participating agency first. Vouchers are redeemable at the Defiance Thrift Store. For more information about vouchers call Catholic Charities at 384-2060.

Roaring Fork Liquors in Glenwood Springs owner Ken Robinson has announced that all gross profits from sales on “Black Friday,” Nov. 25, will be donated to LIFT-UP.LIFT-UP food pantries serve more than 2,600 people every month from Aspen to Parachute. The current economic climate has seen the numbers swell, and more people are using the services of this nonprofit organization.”I know that so many of our neighbors are in some dire economic circumstances.” said Robinson. “I encourage everyone that can to give to a charity of their choice. Whether it’s to LIFT-UP through us or by other means, please help your less fortunate neighbors.”Roaring Fork Liquors will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is located in the Roaring Fork Marketplace next to Walmart in Glenwood Springs.

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