Friday, December 23, 2011

Project Present wraps up another great giving season

NEARLY 300 local children receive gifts

COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – For most children the days leading to Christmas are filled with excitement, laughter and anticipation of Santa’s visit. But some families are struggling this holiday season. City employees and local community organizations honored the season of giving, sponsoring nearly 300 Commerce City children through Project Present.

Officer Kayla Fender, Commerce City Police Department delivers gifts for the 2011 Project Present campaign. Photo by Commerce City.

Created by the Commerce City Parks and Recreation Department, this program benefits underprivileged children by providing them with gifts. Each year, local elementary schools nominate 20 children in need, some of which are homeless, living with a single parent or don’t have a stable support system. Children provide a wish list of items, ranging from clothes to toys.

“Giving to others really exemplifies the spirit of the season,” said Brian McBroom, interim city manager. “Thanks to the program and overwhelming generosity of our community, local children and families can enjoy the holidays.”

Local businesses and community sponsors bought presents ranging from coats and gloves to bikes and skateboards. The program requires a minimum of $30 to be spent per child, but many organizations gave well over that amount. With the gifts piling up, local company Exodus Moving and Storage, donated a space to hold all of the presents.

A special thank you to the sponsors who helped make this year’s Project Present a success:

· Colorado Rapids
· Smile 4 Life Dental – Commerce City
· Kaiser Permanente
· Church Next Door
· Reunion Dental Care – Commerce City
· Douglass Colony Group/One Globe Renewables
· Exodus Moving and Storage
· Commerce City Building and Safety Division
· Commerce City City Manager’s Office
· Commerce City Parks and Recreation Department
· Commerce City Police Department
· Commerce City Victim Advocates

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