Giving Back

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There’s no sacrificing style for sustainability in Vail. Buying used, consignment and repurposed furniture and accessories keeps money in your pocket and waste out of the landfill. The lifecycle continues at Thrifty Shops When shoppers fail to scoop up those hidden gems at the valley’s local consignment store and Habitat ReStore, those items are usually donated to Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops in Edwards and Eagle, making it a hot spot for bargain and treasure hunters alike.   Proceeds from merchandise sold at the Thrifty Shops fund annual community grants that support Eagle Valley-based charitable organizations. Thanks to the efforts of donors and shoppers last year, the Thrifty Shops and Vail Valley Cares awarded 31 valley-based charitable organizations a total of $275,000 in contributions. Donated items that don’t make it to the Thrifty Shops sales floors are passed on to the ARC Thrift Stores, located along the Front Range, where their […]

Giving Back

Small Champions Reap Big Rewards

The nonprofit gives kids a way to play in the mountains. Imagine living here and not being able to explore the mountain in winter or trails in the summer. Enter Small Champions, a local nonprofit that works with kids who have Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, blindness and autism, giving them the chance to ski, snowboard, swim, horseback ride, rock climb, play tennis and golf. Small Champions was founded in 1996 – not that long ago, but it was still the era when kids with disabilities weren’t able to participate in sports programs. “That was the premise for the programs, and it still is: to allow kids who did not have a place to play sports to get out there and enjoy all the Vail Valley has to offer,” says John Weiss, Program Coordinator with Small Champions. Small Champions works with Eagle County Schools to find kids who need the program […]