Monday, December 19, 2011

Giving event declared huge success

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

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El Paso County spokeswoman Jennifer Brown says Saturday's Feed the Children event was "a huge success," helping 9,000 people with goods and services. Here's her press release:

Thousands of families received food, toys, toiletries, books, coats, hats, clothes, blankets and a day of celebration at the 2011 Feed the Children event at Springs Church Saturday, December 17th. 9,000 people were eligible to attend the 11th annual event and hundreds of volunteers came out to help. Feed the Children is a cooperative effort between the El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS), Springs Church, Mercy Springs, Goodwill Industries, Aspen Pointe, the Music Evangelism Foundation, Home Depot, the Feed the Children organization out of Oklahoma and a long list of other donors and volunteers.

Feed the Children is a one day event just before Christmas where the families already receiving help from the Department of Human Services are able to enjoy a day of celebration to include crafts for the kids, haircuts, pictures with Santa, free dental and vision screenings and family portraits among other activities. Dozens of local businesses, non-profits, churches and individuals donated money and resources to make the event a success. “It is great to partner with the faith based organizations along with the government here in El Paso County. It’s unique. I’ve been a pastor for 30 years in four different states and this is the only time I’ve seen this type of cooperation,” said Pastor Gary Wilkerson from Springs Church.

“The annual Feed the Children event is an outstanding example of the positive results that can be achieved when the government, faith based community, businesses and nonprofits work together,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark who also serves as the Liaison Commissioner to the Department of Human Services (DHS). “We are so thankful for all the groups and individuals that came together to make the holidays a whole lot brighter for so many families.”

Here's the list of those who made it possible:

• Springs Church
• Mercy Springs
• World Challenge
• Steve Bigari — Best Christmas Ever
• Music Evangelism Foundation & Contributors
• Jerry Nostrom
• Toys for Tots
• Whole Foods
• Aspen Pointe
• Circle Drive Baptist Church
• Harrison School District 2
• Academy School District 20
• Academy Kids Dental Clinic
• Home Depot
• Wal-Mart
• Doll Doctors
• Taco Bell
• Front Range Community Services
• Goodwill Industries
• Mike Wagner
• Loretta Jacobs
• Cost Cutters
• Paul Mitchell
• Briargate YMCA
• Julie Becker
• Woodman Valley Chapel
• DDR Construction Inc.
• Karla Grazier
• Good Shepherd United Methodist
• DHS Employees
• El Paso County Employees
• Ken Sanders
• Starbucks
• TechWise
• Conspire
• Delta Solutions and Strategies
• Visiting Angels
• Landmark Plumbing
• Wade’s
• Cameron Butcher
• Amerita
• GlobeLink Foreign Language Center
• American National Bank
• Hero Dental of the Springs
• Your Child’s Eyes
• RP Wenham
• Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Jesus Christ
• Michael Everson Agency
• Barry Jenkins
• Front Range Honda
• Tina Sampson
• Deanna McPherson
• Employees of Delta Solutions

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