Grand County gives its unconditional support, again
December 31, 2008
To the Editor:
One thing I love about small towns is the complete, unconditional support and generosity that is available to those in need. Grand County isn’t a small town, but it acts like one.
The Angel Tree at Cooper Creek Square is a perfect example. I had the amazing experience this year of coordinating the Angel Tree, a truly inspiring experience and a reminder of what the holidays are really all about ” giving with a kind heart.
The tree, in its eighth year, continues to grow and nearly doubled this year with 200 cards on the tree. Each card represents a child in Grand County from a family struggling financially and challenged to provide gifts for the holidays. Many children simply asked for food and warm clothes.
I began to panic the week before Christmas when there were still two dozen cards hanging on the tree. But, as usual, the community rallied and by the end of the weekend all the cards were gone. By Monday, the gifts were flooding in, not just from families and individuals that can afford a little extra, but from all walks of life. Some families gave to the Angel Tree in lieu of giving to each other. For others it has become a holiday tradition in which the whole family participates. Regardless of the reason or the resources, it resulted in a remarkable display of the generosity and thoughtfulness that exists in our Grand County.
Thank you. Thank you to everyone that took a card and generously provided gifts and smiles to the children and families on the tree. Thank you to those wonderful folks who donated money for gifts. Thank you to Katie and Lindsay Jones for being wrapping elves all the way to the end. Thank you to the Hale family for helping keep things on track and gifts out the door to get there by Christmas morning. Thank you to the organizations and individuals that helped create the lists of children, track and deliver gifts. Thank you to all the stores at Cooper Creek Square that donated gifts and time to the Angel Tree. Thank you to Romas, Gintas and Kajsa for all their time and energy. Thank you to Trude Kleess, Tom Corrigan, and the Share-A-Gift project in Boulder who showed up, as they have every year, with a ton of wonderful donations that we were able to use to supplement those that might need a little something extra ” including a new bicycle that found a perfect home with a 7-year-old boy who asked for a bicycle for Christmas. I could go on and on, but more than anything wanted to say how grateful I am to live in a community that cares and shares the way we do in Grand County. You all make living here that much more special.
Happy New Year.
Cooper Creek Square marketing director