This morning I witnessed a line of our neighbors that extended around a city block in East Denver. Last week, 2,000 families and more than 5,000 children signed up with Volunteers of America to receive a bag of food to get them through this holiday week. They lined up before 8:00am this morning to pick up the much needed food. VOA volunteers served coffee and hot chocolate outside as folks waited in the bitter cold. The line didn’t end. And neither did the innocent faces of countless kids who were surprised to find “Santa” inside and thousands of presents waiting just for them. For many, these gifts are the first “new” item they’ve ever claimed as their own.
VOA has organized this enormously vital effort for over 12 years. FBR has been honored to be given the opportunity to provide the food, Safeway donates hams for each family and a generous group of Realtors donates gifts for the kids. Working together for those who don’t have the resources to do so is a beautiful thing.