Colorado Resorts Bring Comfort to Afghan Refugees

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Denver, CO, Dec. 28, 2001--Over 5,000 pieces of winter outerwear were recently sent from Eagle, CO to Afghan refugees thanks to a volunteer program generated from Colorado ski resorts.

Nine resorts-Aspen/Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Steamboat, and Vail- gathered retired and unused staff uniforms to send to the refugees. Items included were insulated and waterproof jakets, vests, pants, and sweaters with messages stuffed into the pockets reading "Gift from the people of the United States of America" in various Afghan languages.

Cheryl Jensen of Vail coordinated the effort with help from participating Colorado resorts, Catholic Relief Services, and Humanitarian International Services Group. Relief agencies in Pakistan are currently distributing the donated clothes to various refugee camps near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Since 1999, Jensen has worked with on similar efforts for war victims around the world including China, Nepal, Mongolia, and Kosovo. "After watching footage of Afghan refugees in freezing temperatures and knowing winter was just starting, I knew there was something we could do to help if we pooled our resources.

Colorado Ski Country USA President/CEO David Perry added, "This is an ideal way for the resort community to give back to those in need."