Our giving ways
Several years ago, the father of a local man who was badly injured in an accident called the newspaper about a now-forgotten subject.What made the conversation memorable is the gentleman said he was astounded at the community outpouring to support his son and his family.It’s not what he thought would be typical of a resort community. He didn’t say, but the free-wheeling, fun-loving reputation of a ski town probably had cemented his incorrect stereotype.Yes, folks. This is a compassionate, giving community. We are surrounded by stunning natural beauty, but the real beauty of the community is to be found within.The generosity comes from all angles, from those who don’t have much to give to those who do, and don’t scrimp.Giving, caring and charity are firmly rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethic, as in other faiths. On Christmas Eve, the day before Christians celebrate the birth of a Jewish baby in Bethlehem, we take the occasion to salute some recent examples of giving.Monday, The Summit Foundation gave out $484,489 to 48 nonprofits, bringing the 2004 total of giving to $940,994, a 17.65 percent increase over 2003.In the past months, Summit countians have sent many boxes of care packages to the troops in Iraq.In the last month, the county came to the aid, again, of the Silverthorne Police Department’s Adopt an Angel program, buying toys for children who might otherwise not get much for Christmas.The Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) just completed another successful Microphone Marathon on Krystal 93, meeting the $30,000 goal that goes a long way toward the FIRC’s assistance of local families and individuals.On top of that, the Silverthorne Auto Group added a $10,000 donation to the FIRC.Finally, we mention our own Holiday Fund, a special supplemental funding campaign to help nonprofits during this holiday season when they can be most pressured.Current recipients for the fund include the FIRC, Bristlecone Health Services, Timberline Adult Day Services, the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Salvation Army, the Summit Community Care Clinic and Adopt an Angel.We are within 20 percent of our $20,000 goal. We thank everyone who has assisted. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 31 by mail at P.O. Box 329, Frisco, CO 80443 or in person at 40 W. Main St., Frisco. We are open to requests from other nonprofits that help families and children. Donations can be earmarked. We thank everyone who has offered us a helping hand.
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