A history of Granby’s Holiday Helpers
Granby, CO Colorado
In 1993, Fran Smith and Jean Peoples started a dinner at Granby Senior Housing for all seniors in Granby with 35 attending. Seniors were asked if they wanted this next year, and some businesses expressed an interest in donating.
Jean coordinated the event, asking for volunteers and help with the dinner, bingo and a fruit bag for every senior. At this time, every senior did not get a gift.
Kelli Yunker joined in 1996, when the group was called the Holiday Helpers. Then the event was opened to all Grand County seniors. As the event grew, so did the group of main helpers. Betts Spellerberg and Carole Clarke joined, and Fran Smith moved away. That still left four Holiday Helpers.
Each year the group tried to make it bigger and better for the seniors. With Jean still coordinating it, getting entertainment, volunteers and donations, the effort is still going strong.
In 2010, the Holiday Helpers were able to give every senior a gift, a great meal, entertainment, plus a great party. Joining the team this year are new Holiday Helpers Jodi Griese, Deb Thompson, Lynne Daniels, Krys Boy and Cindy Hoover. There are now have nine Holiday Helpers.
Colleen and the Minne Singers were a part of the party. In January, Jean will start working on the 17th Annual Holiday Helpers Free Christmas Luncheon for 2011, checking to see what changes, if any, need to be made.
To some seniors, this is the only party they have because family is not around. The Holiday Helpers enjoy the seniors.
“Seeing their faces light up during the party is worth it all,” says Jean. “If it was not for a great community, businesses and great volunteers, we could not make this all possible.”
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