A Gift that Keeps Giving

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds everyone well and in the Holiday spirit.  This is the time of year where we all seem to be rushing around finalizing last minute plans focused on the never-ending list of things to-do.  Taking a minute to celebrate the simpler things, I would like to share some good news with all of you.

As I mentioned in our previous blog post A Thanksgiving to Remember, NAMI Arapahoe Douglas Counties sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner that fed over 170 clients, community partners and staff  at the Center Point, an Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network program.  As you saw, the meal was a huge success and I was thrilled to learn that there were monies left over.  The Center Point works hard to stretch every dollar that it receives to benefit the clients it serves.  As such, they were able to use our remaining funds toward the costs of a holiday gift exchange and complimentary lunch for the clients they serve.  This year over 75 were able to participate (95 were expected, but inclement weather kept a few folks at home.)  Some details I received from the kind folks at the Center Point about the event are as follows:

Each client received the following:

1. A gift card to King Soopers
2. Winter hat and glove set or they could choose a certificate for a free lunch at McDonalds
3. Each person received two gifts of their choice through the BINGO game

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An example of the BINGO gift selections, grooming products, handmade pottery, computer case, etc.
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More choices- books, a doll, throw, edible items
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And we cannot forget Mrs. Claus, a snowflake kit and baking items

A representative from the Center Point  said “This has a huge impact on clients as many of them will not have any other Christmas this year other than this.  Other clients were able to choose items from the prize table to give to a family member as a gift for all that they do to support them each year.  NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties donations make a huge impact on the Center Point program throughout the year and continue to help support us during the holiday season!”

Needless to say, I am elated that our gift continued to meet the needs of those in our community.  To each of you, thank you for your continued support.  Your generosity makes everything we do possible.

Happiest of Holidays to You and Yours,


A Gift that Keeps Giving