A VERY HUGE thank you to ALL of our donors for helping us make Loveland children’s Christmas brighter.
by Terri Rogers,
WOW! Another HUGE success!! On December 16, the Loveland Initiative held its 20th Annual Christmas Toy Store program. This would not have happened if not for all of YOU our wonderful and generous supporters. This program served over 170 families and made over $5,000 which will support our Tracy Johnson scholarship as well as start up money for next year! A HUGE thank you to the Loveland Moose Lodge for hosting us for the fourth year in a row.
Each year I am more amazed then the last! The community of Loveland has outdone themselves again by providing underserved families with amazing gifts for their children. What joy it is for these families to go shopping and pick out gifts they want to give. Our families look forward to this and as one mom said while shopping “This program is a blessing and without it I would not be able to afford gifts for my children.”
[quote_right]Leaving with those bags of gifts for their children they love, is a blessing.[/quote_right]Leaving with those bags of gifts for their children they love, is a blessing. You can tell by looking at their faces. They are so proud of what they have chosen for their children. What a gift this community gives them! Encouraging them to make choices and get nice things for the ones they love. Priceless! The gifts they choose from are endless, all donated and collected each year for these families to pick from.
I was at the Christmas Toy Store this year as I have been many years in the past and the amount of time and energy that my two leads; Mary Hensley and Shionee Blust Sergist put into this program is inspiring. A VERY HUGE thank you to Mary and Shionee for your hard work; and for making this program bigger and better each year, is so very much appreciated!!
Each year there are more volunteers involved and you can see the joy they have when they are there because they know they are making a difference. A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers. YOU ARE AMAZING!! A HUGE thank you, to the Loveland City Schools, the staff, students and their families. A VERY HUGE thank you to ALL of our donors for helping us make Loveland children’s Christmas brighter.
I am so grateful to be a part of this giving and caring community. Thank you all for everything you do for the families in Loveland! We look forward to a continuing partnership with you.
Happy New Year!
Terri Rogers, Executive Director – The Loveland Initiative