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Local Good Sam's RV chapter supports Dogs for the Deaf

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By Kirsten Laskey

For about 13 years Jules and Mary Dufour, members of the Pajarito Good Sam’s RV Chapter in Los Alamos, have collected scrap metal and aluminum cans, and sold it in Santa Fe to raise money for worthy causes.Money from the sale of scrap metal and aluminum goes mostly toward sponsoring hearing dogs through Dogs for the Deaf Inc.So far, four dogs have been sponsored, said Ross Meyer, president of the Pajarito chapter of the RV club. Sponsorship costs $5,000, he said. The money goes towards vaccinations, evaluation tests, spaying or neutering, training and other services.The chapter has sponsored one dog in New Mexico, two dogs in Arizona and one dog in Pennsylvania.Dogs for the Deaf, Mary Dufour explained, is one charity all Good Sam’s Chapters in New Mexico support. She added, “Seeing working dogs at work just warms your heart at how obedient these dogs are, how alert they are, loving and caring for their masters and it just gives us great satisfaction to help someone become independent again.”In recognition of their efforts, the Dufours were presented with the State Top Dog Award during the Fall Samboree for Good Sam’s in Gallup in 2005.Meyer added the program is a success “basically because of the hard work that Jules and Mary Dufour have done over the last 13 years in collecting cans and then turning them in for dollars and the donations by chapter members at meetings.”The local chapter is one of 23 chapters in New Mexico, Meyer said. It was formed in 1994. The club holds monthly meetings and host about eight camp-outs a-year. Members have traveled to Mojave, Calif.; Salida, Colo.; Ouray, Colo.; Chama, NM; Rodeo, NM; Las Vegas, NM; and other places.“We have a good time with other fellow RV’s,” Meyer said.To support the club’s work with Dogs for the Deaf, there are several places to drop off aluminum cans.Mary Dufour said they have bins at the Elks Lodge and at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. For more information, call the Dufours at 662-2336.