That’s why we feel it’s important to give back to our community, especially at the holidays. One of the programs we support is the Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives program run by Rev. Leon Kelly. I’ve written about our support before, most recently with a cash donation. But this last weekend we joined the Rev just to have some fun.
The Open Door’s annual holiday party for at-risk kids was Dec. 14. I was amazed at the turnout. I couldn’t count the number of kids, parents and friends from Denver’s Cole neighborhood who joined Rev. Kelly and his staff for the celebration. Some were part of the Open Door program, but many were just friends and neighbors. The event included visiting Santa Claus (the line of kids up and down the hallways of the Wyatt Edison Charter School in north Denver never seemed to get smaller), crafts and face painting (glitter glue was everywhere), a band singing Christmas carols in English and Spanish, and lots of food.
But the best was saved for last. This year, Open Door gave away 50 bicycles to boys and girls. Many of the kids were solemn as they got their bike (all the bikes were donated by Open Door supporters). With all the adults, dignitaries and the Rev crowded into the gymnasium, I can see why they were solemn. But I know inside they were delighted to get a present they probably never would have otherwise.
Happy holidays to all of you – and especially the children.