Some Denverites Will Never Be ‘Home For the Holidays’ – Here’s How to Help

Some Denverites Will Never Be ‘Home For the Holidays’ – Here’s How to Help

vacationAs you know, I have made a career out of helping people buy and sell homes. Finding the perfect neighborhood for a growing family or a posh pad for a transplanted corporate couple offers me the chance to do what I like to do best – and it’s the perfect excuse for taking clients out for a delicious lunch to celebrate. All in all, not a bad way to make a living.  

The thing is, there are so many individuals in Denver that may never have a home to call their own; and to say that is disheartening is an understatement. These frigid days only compound the fact that there are men, women, and – the worst – children, out on the street every single night. And while I can’t change the world like I thought I could in my youth (aahh, youth!); I realize that any small gesture can make a big difference. Everything counts.

Last year I started a new tradition and spent my Christmas morning in Civic Center Park handing out socks, hand warmers and food to Denver’s homeless. It was not like any other Christmas morning I’ve had in my 50-something years because…well…it was way better. Colder, but still better.

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I realized, once again, that doing something good for someone else makes me feel good. I like that feeling. A lot.

So I plan to spend December 25th at Civic Center Park again, as I am officially addicted to this effort. Obviously, not all of you can pack up your families and head downtown, but if you’d like to support this cause, I will be collecting items for my “Christmas Care Kits.” Yes, I’ve given MY packages an official name (this is where being Type A really comes in handy). “Socks and Hand Warmers” were sooooo last year.

I’m going BIG this year! See the list below and if you’d like to participate by donating or volunteering, please email me at  ann@paysons.sg-host.com or visit me on Facebook. I can pick up items from you or you are welcome to drop items at Coldwell Banker Devonshire (200 Fillmore Ste. Suite 300 in Cherry Creek).

In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all and to ALL a warm(er) night.

 Items Needed for Christmas Care Kits*

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Fruit snacks or individual apple sauce with pull tabs
  • Small cans of tuna or tuna kits with pull tabs and crackers
  • Crackers with peanut butter and cheese
  • Fast food gift certificates
  • Pre-paid calling cards
  • Socks and gloves
  • Hand wipes
  • Nail clippers
  • Band aids
  • Feminine products
  • Small packages of facial tissue
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Mints, cough drops, gum
  • Lip balm
  • Small comb or brush
  • Heat packs
  • Sunscreen
  • Winter hat
  • Brief note of encouragement or well-wishing

*All items should fit inside a gallon size zip top bag; please refrain from items such as hand sanitizer or mouthwash as they often contain alcohol.

Denver’s Furry Scurry Supports Homeless Pets

Denver’s Furry Scurry Supports Homeless Pets

DENVERS-FURRY-SCURRY-SUPPORTS-HOMELESS-PETSCome out to Washington Park on Saturday, May 5th, to support the annual Furry Scurry walk, benefiting the Dumb Friends League. This two-mile walk/run for animals will start at 9am here in Denver and will raise money to help care for as many as 24,000 homeless pets.

You’ll be able to enjoy refreshments and pet-friendly merchandise at the Flealess Market. Enter the Pet/Person look alike contest for your chance to win great prizes.

Washington Park
1000 S. Downing St.
Denver, CO 80209

Registration for the Furry Scurry is $50. Click here to register online.

For more information visit support.ddfl.org.

If you know of a great Denver event, leave me a comment below!

Denver Furry Scurry a Success and Still Raising Money!

Denver Furry Scurry a Success and Still Raising Money!

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The Denver Dumb Friends League has raised more than $1 million so far and will continue to raise money through June 7th.

The Denver Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry took place this past Saturday, May 7th, and was a big success. Although the event is over, DDFL will continue fundraising through June 7th. So far, the group has raised more than $1 million!

As I mentioned in the previous post, the event consisted of a two-mile walk for animals, pet contests, and more than 130 vendors, also known as the “Flealess Market.” Jana Bartlit was the top individual fundraiser, and several of the Dumb Friends League team were the top fundraising groups. The Tipton Law Firm and Water 2 Wine-DTC joint team was next on the list for amount of funds raised.

The money raised through these efforts goes to support as many as 20,000 homeless pets each year. Only an incredible community like Denver could pull together and raise such a large amount for this purpose. It really is great to live in such a selfless community like Denver.

For updated fundraising totals, you can visit the Denver Dumb Friends League website. For other great Denver community events and fundraisers, continue to check my blog each week. If you know of a Denver event coming up soon, let me know by leaving a comment below!