Here’s an idea for the wealthier among us to make a real difference during this time of crisis to help out the retailers, restaurants and hospitality providers in the Wood River Valley whose businesses are suffering: Buy a bunch of gift cards! I would suggest several thousand dollars’ worth or more, and use them for future giving--say to charities like the Senior Center or the Salvation Army or churches in our community--or even for tips when the restaurants re-open.

It’s a win-win deal! The gift card purchases give a real boost to currently hurting businesses, worthy charities get welcome contributions, the wealthy person gets a nice tax deduction and someday soon restaurant workers and others get generous tips.

John Martinson, Sun Valley

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