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Hospice of the Valley is the nonprofit chosen to receive December proceeds from Thrifty Thrills Thrift Store, 3330 S. Highway 82 (next to First Class Trash) in Glenwood Springs. Thrifty Thrills is accepting donations of just about anything but mattresses and televisions. Clothing items can be any season and any condition. Call 947-9394 for more information.

If you are low on cash, but overloaded with stuff, you can make a donation to The Defiance Thrift Store and still be eligible for a 2011 tax deduction. Defiance is a 501C3 nonprofit organization, so these tax incentives are available for both individuals and businesses.

Items needed at the store include winter wear, household goods, furniture … just about everything. Currently, there is a coat drive so that needy residents can stay warm this winter. All profits from The Defiance Thrift Store are distributed to LIFT-UP Food Pantry and the Family Visitor Programs, plus Defiance participates in a voucher program for clients of Catholic Charities, Advocate Safehouse, and other human service groups.

Donations are accepted at Defiance’s new home at 2412 S. Glen (Highway 82), Glenwood Springs between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more info call 970-945-0234. Follow Defiance on FaceBook, too. Volunteers always welcomed and Defiance is a great place to work off your community service hours.

In case you missed it, you can still come and shop for handmade items for Christmas gifts and decor at the Senior Housing Activity Center, 201 Castle Valley Blvd., New Castle, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 24 or by appointment. Call 984-2088.

Colorado Elks Lodges are collecting deer, elk and other animal hides through January. They 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.

If you have any hides to donate please contact Tom Regan at 948-9127 or at

For more information visit the Elks Veterans Leather website at: http://www.elks. org/vets/leather.cfm.

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