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Brent's Place 'workshop 01 Dec 2016

Each year we get a taste of what it must be like to work in Santa’s workshop.  Behind the scenes, over 40 groups, companies, and individuals work to provide a holiday of extreme proportions to the Brent’s Place families.  Our goal is to change the narrative from “the year I celebrated Christmas sick (or my child was sick) and away from home” to “one of the best Christmas’ my family and I ever had.” 

Changing a narrative of this magnitude is not an easy endeavor, but the community of support that surrounds the Brent’s Place families makes it possible.

Groups were able to choose between adopting an entire family, purchasing items from a wish list, or sponsoring portions of the holiday. 

Every family at Brent’s Place was provided gifts from their wish list, a full holiday meal from Whole Foods (sponsored by holiday donors through donations and/or whole foods gift cards), a collection of gift cards to purchase needed items, and the chance to “shop” in the holiday boutique for their family members.

The holiday gift distribution happens on one day between 12pm and 4pm.  The family’s sign up for their shifts to pick up gifts, volunteer wrappers are scheduled, and the kids get an afternoon of Christmas movies and hot chocolate!  

With the help of volunteers, the Brent’s Place parents are provided the gifts that have been purchased for them from their wish lists and then get to decide if they want to wrap them on their own or have our volunteers help get them Christmas morning ready.  All gifts are distributed in large oversized gift bags. 

Brent's Place staff picks up the holiday meals from Whole Foods on Christmas Eve.  Thanks to all our amazing holiday meal sponsors, every meal was been paid for! 

The meals were delivered on Friday evening with the stockings (again thank you!) for families to enjoy the holiday as a family in their apartments.  No staff or volunteers are present on Christmas so that families can focus on what is important, each other.  Thank you for making that possible.  

Agape Roasting, Alberstons LLC, Alchemy Salon, American Family Insurance, Anderson Family, Antoinette Piltteri, Aurora POC, Backflip Studios, Basalite Concrete, Beau Visage, Black Knight Financial Services, Bob Dunn, Boulder Creek, Brave Young Hearts, Brightview, Brookman Family, Burak Yorumez, Cermak, Chris Brever, Collectors Cares, CRS Insurance Brokerage, Cummins Rocky Mountain Rebuild Center, Declaration Brewing, Denver Agency, Fast Enterprises, First Western Financial, INC, First Western Trust Bank, Flipside Pillow, GBC Concrete, Gensler, Goolsby, Graham Family, Hamilton Family, Hannover Re, Hot Flash Hikers, James and Lisa O'Hara, Kentwood Real Estate, Kraus Family , Larsen Development, Lokal Homes, Marshalls 761, MDT Technical, Moms club of Golden, Moody Insurance, Motivity Solutions, Mu Brewery, Mustaphel Family, No Place For Hate ,Northwestern Mutual, Northwestern Mutual (Mcgough Financial), Pin Business Network, Playtime, lllc, Polidori Sausage, Public Service Credit Union , R&R Partners, Safeway Distribution Center, Saint Elizabeth school class party, Samuel Veta, Saunders Construction, llc, Scott Patrick, Sherman Family, sierra ridge networks, Simon Family, SKAL Intl Colorado, Sling TV, St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Strand Family, Sue Phelps, SunCreek Dental (Dr. Danna), Tammy Atchison, Walmart, Wander, Whole Foods World Energy Partners, LLC

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Linda Eley and little Chloe admiring the tree

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Gift Drive Drop off

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Alex and Samantha enjoying cookie decorating while parents shop!

 

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Group dropping off gift cards and toys!

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Kiddo in front of tree

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opening gifts

 

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