Garfield County residents have a few choices when it comes to how to help victims of the tsunami that struck Asia last weekend and has claimed more than 100,000 lives.Colorado Mountain News Media will donate money it usually collects through its Swap For Charities classified section and donate that money to the Red Cross’ International Response Fund. For each item a customer places in the Swap For Charities section CMNM donates $1.50 to a charity. For now, the Swap for Charity money will go to the Red Cross.CMNM will also take donations from anyone willing to give. Cash or checks can be dropped off at either the CMNM classified department, which is in the rear of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent building at 2014 Grand Ave., or at the GSPI’s front desk. Those donations will go to the International Response Fund.US Bank – with branches in Aspen, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs – is also taking donations to support the relief effort in Asia. Those who wish to donate can stop by one of the branches and ask to make a donation. The Red Cross also accepts donations directly through its Grand Junction office.That office has been very busy this week, said Jean Hermanson, executive director of The Western Colorado Chapter of the Red Cross. “It’s actually been quite an amazing day,” said Hermanson. On Wednesday night her office had collected $3,000 for tsunami relief. On Thursday alone the office collected nearly $20,000 to bring the total to over $22,000 If it were a domestic disaster time, blood would be needed, but for an international disaster money is the best way people can help, Hermanson said. To donate directly to the Red Cross send a check to: 506 Gunnison Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Be sure to note that you’d like the funds to go to tsunami relief. To donate directly to the Red Cross send a check to: 506 Gunnison Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. Be sure to note that you’d like the funds to go to tsunami relief.
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