Dec 23, 2011

Another Successful Charity Drive

As our regular readers know, November kicked off Clear Creek's holiday charity campaign. Through the collective efforts of our compassionate staff, our employees donated more money than last year's campaign and actually surpassed the goal we set for ourselves this year. The use of these funds was spent on Christmas presents for children who would benefit greatly from some much deserved holiday cheer.

Last week was a genuine spectacle to behold. In our conference room were Clear Creek staff members spending their lunch breaks wrapping presents with fervor. The holiday cheer was palpable as scissors quartered large squares of paper to wrap boxes filled with enviable gifts that were requested by needy parents. Knowing that our time and resources were making holiday dreams come true was a sight that I will not soon forget, and learning of a few responses from the recipients of these gifts ensures that we will duplicate this effort next year. Following are summaries from our employees who dropped off gifts to needy families:

When she came in and I showed her what Clear Creek had donated to her, she could not stop herself from crying and hugging me. She just could not believe the generosity that had come to her from people who did not even know her. She also brought in her daughter. Her daughter was just laying on her mom because she cannot hold her own head up due to her spinal muscular atrophy, however, she was smiling and trying to lift her arms to give hugs as much as she can. We learned the disease is not painful, just fatal. Nonetheless, her smile was one of thanks and amazement when she saw the presents and the wrapping! Her mother made it abundantly clear that she would like to take the time to sincerely thank (Clear Creek) so much for this. I, as well, could not help but cry when I saw her reaction to everything. "Thank you so so so Much!! You have no idea how you have helped so many families this season! Thank you."

In another gift giving meeting we learned that the mother who requested assistance suffers from severe asthma. She is also battling cancer and although it is believed to be in remission at the moment, doctors are double-checking after having found two lumps recently. She had an operation in September and then a car wreck in November. She still has internal bruising from the impact of the steering wheel. They have no means of transportation so her daughter who is a college student is teaching her Mom how to navigate the bus system.

The mother was working part-time, but is not able to continue at this time. Her 20-year-old daughter is trying to hold on to a scholarship, but has had to drop hours due to family commitments which involvetaking care of her mother and her 11-year-old sister. Although this college student has found a work study opportunity, it will not be available until next September when the new school year begins. In the meantime she is trying to find a job to help support her family.

As for her younger sister, she has endured years of being bullied at school due to her size. This young girl is tall and although she has recently lost some weight, she has becometimid and does not talk due to years of being teased for being overweight. In their efforts to care for the younger daughter, her mom, sister and counselors have worked tirelessly to help her gain her much needed self-esteem.

In yet another gift-giving interaction, we delivered gifts to grandparents who are raising two adopted grandchildren in Longmont. They live on a very limited fixed income, and struggle to provide even basic necessities for their family. They made it abundantly clear that they were very appreciative of the efforts Family to Family (Boulder County Housing and Human Services) extended to their family and for the gifts that will ensure a real holiday for their grandchildren despite having endured some extreme financial hardships this past year.

The last family to whom we delivered gifts was to a mother of four who is the only person currently working to support the family. The children’s biological father was deported to Mexico along with her eldest son. The mother has also been struggling with her older 14-year-old son, who has been involved with the criminal court system and truancy-related behavior problems. Despite these hardships, this mother continues to work full-time, and manages to care for her four children, including her eight-month-old baby. This mother thankedus immensely for our generosity and for the gifts we provided to her family. Moreover, due to our efforts, this mother does not have to pronounce to her children that Christmas would be cancelled this year.

These stories highlight how fragile our lives are and the reason we each must continually be mindful of our blessings, and good fortune while remaining cognizant that there are many amongst us who, from time to time, can benefit from our collective charity.

I would again like to thank all the members of our Clear Creek 'family' who have embraced the true spirit of the holiday season by giving back to our community this year. Our goodwill brought smiles of joy and tears of gratitude. From me to you, "Thank you once again and happy holidays to you and yours."

Happy Holidays

As our regular readers know, November kicked off Clear Creek's holiday charity campaign. Through the collective efforts of our compassionate staff, our employees donated more money than last year's campaign and actually surpassed the goal we set for ourselves this year. The use of these funds was spent on Christmas presents for children who would benefit greatly from some much deserved holiday cheer.

Last week was a genuine spectacle to behold. In our conference room were Clear Creek staff members spending their lunch breaks wrapping presents with fervor. The holiday cheer was palpable as scissors quartered large squares of paper to wrap boxes filled with enviable gifts that were requested by needy parents. Knowing that our time and resources were making holiday dreams come true was a sight that I will not soon forget, and learning of a few responses from the recipients of these gifts ensures that we will duplicate this effort next year. Following are summaries from our employees who dropped off gifts to needy families:

When she came in and I showed her what Clear Creek had donated to her, she could not stop herself from crying and hugging me. She just could not believe the generosity that had come to her from people who did not even know her. She also brought in her daughter. Her daughter was just laying on her mom because she cannot hold her own head up due to her spinal muscular atrophy, however, she was smiling and trying to lift her arms to give hugs as much as she can. We learned the disease is not painful, just fatal. Nonetheless, her smile was one of thanks and amazement when she saw the presents and the wrapping! Her mother made it abundantly clear that she would like to take the time to sincerely thank (Clear Creek)so much for this. I, as well, could not help but cry when I saw her reaction to everything. “Thank you so so so Much!! You have no idea how you have helped so many families this season! Thank you.”

In another gift giving meeting we learned that the mother who requested assistance suffers from severe asthma. She is also battling cancer and although it is believed to be in remission at the moment, doctors are double-checking after having found two lumps recently. She had an operation in September and then a car wreck in November. She still has internal bruising from the impact of the steering wheel. They have no means of transportation so her daughter who is a college student is teaching her Mom how to navigate the bus system.

The mother was working part-time, but is not able to continue at this time. Her 20-year-old daughter is trying to hold on to a scholarship, but has had to drop hours due to family commitments which involve taking care of her mother and her 11-year-old sister. Although this college student has found a work study opportunity, it will not be available until next September when the new school year begins. In the meantime she is trying to find a job to help support her family.

As for her younger sister, she has endured years of being bullied at school due to her size. This young girl is tall and although she has recently lost some weight, she has become timid and does not talk due to years of being teased for being overweight. In their efforts to care for the younger daughter, her mom, sister and counselors have worked tirelessly to help her gain her much needed self-esteem.

In yet another gift-giving interaction, we delivered gifts to grandparents who are raising two adopted grandchildren in Longmont. They live on a very limited fixed income, and struggle to provide even basic necessities for their family. They made it abundantly clear that they were very appreciative of the efforts Family to Family (Boulder County Housing and Human Services)extended to their family and for the gifts that will ensure a real holiday for their grandchildren despite having endured some extreme financial hardships this past year.

The last family to whom we delivered gifts was to a mother of four who is the only person currently working to support the family. The children's biological father was deported to Mexico along with her eldest son. The mother has also been struggling with her older 14-year-old son, who has been involved with the criminal court system and truancy-related behavior problems. Despite these hardships, this mother continues to work full-time, and manages to care for her four children, including her eight-month-old baby. This mother thanked us immensely for our generosity and for the gifts we provided to her family. Moreover, due to our efforts, this mother does not have to pronounce to her children that Christmas would be cancelled this year.

These stories highlight how fragile our lives are and the reason we each must continually be mindful of our blessings, and good fortune while remaining cognizant that there are many amongst us who, from time to time, can benefit from our collective charity.

I would again like to thank all the members of our Clear Creek 'family' who have embraced the true spirit of the holiday season by giving back to our community this year. Our goodwill brought smiles of joy and tears of gratitude. From me to you, "Thank you once again and happy holidays to you and yours."