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The PR Desk | Cleaning desks to provide meals

AlexxaLast week I had the opportunity to visit Eldorado Elementary in Highlands Ranch. The school hosted a turkey and canned food drive for Thanksgiving. They asked if we could come and talk to the kids at their assembly.

I have to say, speaking in front of kids is sometimes more intimidating than adults. But once my co-worker Jenn and I saw their smiling faces, the nerves went away. We talked about how the Mission helps people without homes and without food to eat. When we talked about how the Denver Broncos support us and event come volunteer, they were excited.

Eldorado ElementaryHere’s the part where I get emotional. Two students heard we were coming the week prior and decided they wanted to help. They offered to clean other students’ desks for a quarter each, with the intention of donating all the money to help people in need. (I know!) What amazing kids! I was blown away. They collected $10.05! We explained that they collected just enough money to feed five people a warm meaThank you Eldorado families for for thinking of others during this busy holiday season!l.
eldoradoschoolkidsThank you Eldorado families for for thinking of others during this busy holiday season.

Rachel’s Lens // Traveling Generosity

Julie!

Julie with a car full of donations!

My friend Julie is two things: extremely organized and extremely generous. I mean, she is much more than two things, but these are the two qualities that come to mind whenever I’m with her.

She lives in California and is an Executive Director with Thirty-One Gifts, charged with leading a team of almost 150 women. One of her favorite things to do is travel and blog about all her adventures. She was visiting Denver last week for the company’s national conference and it was so good to catch up with her again.

Julie contacted me a couple months ago, asking if there was anything she could do to serve Denver Rescue Mission while her team was in town. She came up with a brilliant idea to give personalized Thirty-One diaper bags to the single moms living at Champa House. She and her team filled the bags with all the things a mom could need. It was so unbelievably thoughtful and I know they stayed up until 2:00 a.m. the night before to assemble them!

The women at Champa were thrilled to receive the bags and I was so encouraged to see the attitude of generosity that Julie fosters in the people around her. It takes a special person to think outside of themselves and reach into the world around them, even on vacation.

Thank you Julie and Thirty-One for thinking of Denver Rescue Mission and showing the amazing women at Champa such kindness!

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Amy Fletcher, Champ House Director

Amy Fletcher, Champ House Director

Giving Back with Art

How cool is it that many of us can use our talents and gifts to earn a living and then give back to those in need?  Rod Grier is that kind of guy.  His art has been so successful and what’s really wonderful, he’s a faithful supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission for years.

This time he’s giving back in a big way.  He’s auctioning his acclaimed original artwork seen in the iconic opening sequence of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Volume 1” as well as other one-of-a-kind pieces from his collection and a large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Denver Rescue Mission.

The auction is from 6-8 p.m on Thursday, December 15 at the Artwork Network on Sante Fe.  “Artwork Network is honored to work with the Denver Rescue Mission in hosting this auction to help raise awareness about the local homeless and those in need this holiday season,” Artwork Network owner, Alan Kircher said.

You can bid on your favorite piece online at ArtworkNetwork. Bids will help feed homeless and hungry men, women and families throughout the holiday season.  “As a long-time supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission, this felt like the perfect time of year to display and sell my paintings,” Rod says.  “No one should go hungry, especially during the holidays.”

Go check it out.  You can meet Rod (he knows Quentin Tarantino) and get in the Christmas spirit!

The exhibit is open to the public until December 15th (and a few pieces will remain up during the duration of the month).  Stop in and meet the artist in person!

Event Details: https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=22666

Summer of Hope Hygiene Drive

Imagine getting ready for a job interview. You take a shower, shave, and make sure you have clean and neatly combed hair to match your sparkling white smile. You put on our best outfit, to give the impression of a well put together individual ready to take on the world. When we are clean, we feel powerful and confident. Now, imagine going to a job interview without showering or shaving. The pivotal moment of trying to sell yourself, while competing with hundreds of other applicants is disrupted by the lack of basic personal hygiene.

For many men and women, this is a reality. Thousands of men, women and children in our community don’t have enough money for food, let alone essential hygiene items. The lack of daily necessities makes the odds of getting and keeping a job in this economy decrease.

Here’s how you can help! Join the Denver Rescue Mission as we partner with Walgreens, Mix100, 92.5 The Wolf, and KOOL 105 in our Summer of Hope Hygiene Drive. From August 1st through August 21st, visit any Metro Denver or Northern Colorado Walgreens store and fill up a Hope Tote bag with much needed items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, disposable razors, deodorant and more. Drop donations in the Hope Tote bins as you leave the store. Click here for a full list of items. This is an easy and inexpensive way to help an individual or family in our community feel clean and confident. In many ways a Hope Tote can be the first step toward a new life. Business travelers, don’t forget to take the shampoos and soaps from your hotel. Travel sized items are needed for guests at the Lawrence Street Shelter.

Thank you for making this a Summer of Hope for the homeless and low-income in the Denver community.