The Colfax Community Network held their annual holiday party Dec 23 at the Aurora First Presbyterian Church.
This annual party is for the many folks who call the motels on east Colfax Avenue their “home” and includes a holiday meal, visit from Santa, arts and crafts/games, shopping for gifts and getting them wrapped for that special day.
The Rotary Club of Denver Southeast (Colorado, US — D 5450) helped out once again for the kids’ wrapping room – the kids go shopping for their loved ones and then bring their presents to the wrapping room for to wrap.
Luckily, these Rotarians did not have to be a skilled wrapper. It’s just fun to help the kids pick out the perfect paper and card for their gift and then do an awesome wrapping job for them.
The Rotary Club of Denver Southeast has been supporting the Colfax Community Network for over seven years now in providing assistance to the transient motel population living on East Colfax Avenue.
The mission of Rotary International is service above self.
These Family Dinner Nights are a way of providing a sit-down dinner for the families of East Colfax in a warm, safe environment.
The Colfax Community Network organisation provides many services to these families including after school care for the children, a food pantry, coupons for clothing, help with transportation to medical appointments, and counselling for job searches, etc.
Colfax Community Network has been a great way for new members of Rotary Club of Denver Southeast to get involved in the community; the commitments – wrapping or preparing dinner, are of a short duration and no one has to make a long-term or time-consuming commitment.
Said Cheryl Radke, “It is how I got involved more in Rotary and how I also got my family involved. As a family we have now wrapped presents for many years together. The activities we engage in are fun, useful and rewarding.”
“Although we aren’t “changing lives” we are making a dinner, or a holiday, a little more enjoyable for these families and in my view, that is important.”
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects.
From literacy and peace to water and health, they are always working to better our world, and stay committed to the end.
The Rotary Club of Denver Southeast meets weekly at the Cherry Hills Country on Thursday mornings.
Source: The Villager