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Giving Thanks In Parker CO

December 13th, 2013 | Written by | Fun things to do, Town of Parker

It’s that wonderful time of year when we gather with friends and family to celebrate our good health and good fortune. It is also a perfect time of year to share our good fortune with others. Colorado families have experienced many hardships this past year what with the summer wildfires, the fall floods and the continued sluggish economy, so many families are struggling more than ever this year. One of my family’s favorite ways to support our community during the holidays is by adopting a family for Christmas. We have done this for close to 15 years now and it is one of our favorite family traditions since it allows us to be a bit more personable and hands-on than just writing a check. After registering with the program, we are matched up with a local family in need and then we get to shop for gifts they’ve requested on their wish lists. Our sons help us shop for and wrap the gifts and during this process we enjoy some great conversations with them about what they are grateful for and the importance of helping others. We typically receive a heartfelt thank you from our matched family and sometimes even a photo. Their expressions of gratitude remind us of what’s truly important in life and these cards usually make our family album as our favorite card of the holiday season.

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If you and your family are interested in participating in an Adopt A Family program, there are a multitude of organizations around metro Denver with similar programs. You can also contact local churches and/or your county social services office to inquire about their programs and connect with specific families that may need support. We specifically participate in the Parker Task Force program or call Sharon at (303)841-3460).

So after enjoying your turkey and trimmings, consider giving thanks this year by giving to others. It’s bound to be the best gift you’ll give and receive this holiday season.

Christine Schulz

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