Another example of Boulder’s warmth and generosity was exhibited at the recent Holiday Giving Program. Share-A-Gift and the Rotary’s Share-A-Coat served several hundred families to make this holiday season a bit brighter during these tough economic times.
Share-A-Gift served over 1600 children directly and over 1000 more indirectly with gifts for the holidays. (Through various Agencies in Pitkin County and the Pine Ridge Native Americans via Unity Church) Parents shop for toys, books and bikes for their children, all of which have been donated by Boulder Valley businesses, churches, schools and individuals. Throughout the prior week during set-up and the weekend event, several hundred volunteers gave enthusiastically of their time and energy for this uplifting event. (Notably the students of Dawson School and Superior Elementary, the employees of Brocade, the Boulder Rugby Club, the CU Men’s basketball team, the Summit Middle Spanish Honors Society, and the Harvard Group) Most of our volunteers make this a part of their annual holiday routines as the personal rewards are many. Amazingly, many volunteers went home after the first day only to return the next to spend more time or drop off more donations!
The Board of Share-A-Gift would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with this year’s distribution, as we could not have done it without the wonderful volunteers. Particular thanks to Chrisman Construction for the use of their building, Boulder Rotary, the Sister Carmen Center for their collaboration and the Boulder Police Department for their security.
Donations were from the heart for everyone! We will be posting individual thanks on our website with updated photos soon, so please visit www.shareagift.org . It’s events like these that affirm our hope in humanity. Thanks Boulder Valley!
SAG Pres 2011