Walgreens staff: First row, L to R: Clete Morton and Amber Hodges
Standing: Ken Wood, Peter Stur, and Jed Andrews
In addition, we had help from a new partner this year; five area Walgreens stores collected toys for the program. The Walgreens team delivered 12 large boxes of brand new toys that were donated by Walgreens employees and customers.
The gifts came from various individuals, groups, and businesses or organizations. Check out the stats below!
533 individuals received gifts:
- 263 individuals were adopted at our office
- Lockheed Martin’s Operation Santa Claus gave food and toys to 77 of our clients
- The SHALOM Denver TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) program received toys for 93 children
- Nearly 100 people received toys when visiting the Weinberg Food Pantry
A boy in the food pantry showing off the gift he chose
Another boy in the food pantry choosing gifts for himself and siblings
7 large businesses adopted families:
- Allied Jewish Federation
- Holland & Hart
- Lockheed Martin
- The Westin Downtown
- Pioneer Natural Resources USA
- Wealth Concepts
Representatives from Holland & Hart bring their gifts to our truck
Representatives from Holland & Hart pose with JFS staffer
Chad Livermore (2nd from left) after loading gifts into the truck
7 groups and synagogue groups adopted families:
- The Sisterhood at Congregation Emanuel
- Beth Evergreen
- B’nai Havurah
- Several book clubs and office friends
Shelly Hines, Family Safety Net director, poses with gifts for SHALOM Denver
A big thank you to Shelley Kolman (pictured above), Family Safety Net administrative assistant, for all her hard work organizing the collection and distribution of the gifts!
Thank you to everyone who adopted a family and helped make their holidays brighter! Happy Holidays and New Year from all of us at JFS.
-Alaina Green and Kari Alpen, JFS Marketing Department