Lights, ornaments, snacks and real Christmas trees — no plastic here — brightened up the holidays for low-income families at an event put on by the Rotary Club of Centennial. This “is very …
Lights, ornaments, snacks and real Christmas trees — no plastic here — brightened up the holidays for low-income families at an event put on by the Rotary Club of Centennial.
This “is very refreshing, to not have to buy a tree, ornaments and lights. It definitely takes the stress out of Christmas," said Reejahnae Long, 21.
Long, from Denver, was one of the members of 100 families who had trees provided for them at the Dec. 10 event, held at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office in the unincorporated area just south of Centennial. The families were identified by Integrated Family Community Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) and one church, the Rotary Club said in a news release.
“It's just filling a need in the community,” said member Ken Hope, who led the project and said that as a service club, “That's what we do.”
Community members in the area got involved in the project, like Christa Grasse from the Centennial Prime Timers seniors club, who knitted 100 ornaments for the cause. Fifteen organizations and retail stores pitched in, with Home Depot donating 50 trees and O'Toole's Garden Center and Highlands Nursery giving trees as well.
Arapahoe County Sheriff David Walcher, a member of the Rotary Club of Centennial, arranged for the giveaway to take place in the sheriff's office parking lot.
The club holds breakfast meetings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 10250 E. Costilla Ave. in Centennial, and anyone is welcome to join. The Rotary is a worldwide organization that promotes humanitarian service.