Friday, July 13, 2012

Mountain Chalet helping displaced residents

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

This exact Patagonia coat may not be among the donations, but others will be.
  • This exact Patagonia coat may not be among the donations, but others will be.

A couple changes of clothes don't make up for an entire lost wardrobe; just ask any Waldo Canyon Fire victim. The thought of all that needs replacing is almost as overwhelming as the reality of how new shirts, new pants, new everything cripples the bank account.

So vendors of locally owned downtown fixture Mountain Chalet have chipped in to help refill closets; they've donated hundreds of items to be given away at Mountain Shadows Park on Flying W Ranch Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

In an email yesterday, the store's Michael Carsten told us, "I am currently sitting on 250 pair[s] of shoes from La Sportiva and what remains of 200 pieces of Patagonia." The store has since received 400 pieces of Horny Toad gear.

Beneficiaries can take up to two donations and must have a form of identification listing a Mountain Shadows address. It's not that they want to be sticklers, Carsten says; they just need to ensure that those affected by the fire can receive what the vendors donated to them. The labels up for grabs, after all, don't exactly come cheap. According to Carsten, including four men's Patagonia coats valued at more than $500, the total retail cost for the donations is in excess of $70,000.

This will be Mountain Chalet's second giveaway event for fire victims. The first was last Saturday, which featured clothing and shoes from Patagonia, Ibex and Oboz, as well as Vapur water bottles.

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