A Holiday Wrap-Up from Linda Hopkins, QIFC President
Like most families, friends and service groups the holidays are a time of reflection. We think about how very fortunate we are to have the blessings of a free country, citizens who work together to solve problems and a deep-seated respect and caring for all individuals.
So, while these times are busy personally and professionally, Quota members simply set the stress aside and focus our energies to help others. Each year we try to make sure that Project Self-Sufficiency families and children, attending Putnam Elementary School, have the best Christmas possible. With a flurry of volunteers, bolstered by other service groups (great help from the Young Men’s Service League) we created a wonderful “Santa Shop” with gifts for Moms and Dads. Each child gave the shop a thorough look and serious pondering of the gift choices; selecting something personal and special for “my Mommy.”
With similar enthusiasm, Quota members organize an assembly line that rivals any of Santa’s elves. Over 100 stockings were filled with small toys, gifts, candies, nutritious snacks, blankies, socks and hats – these are all very important to the Christmas spirit, holiday celebrations and school break for these families.
The weather might be frigid, but our hearts remain warm.
Big thanks to Shannon, her team, and Gloria who labeled all the bags that were the beginning of the organization… assuring each teacher was able to give their class members a VERY special stocking from Santa.
CURRENT Q NEWS…..
Allocations: $450 has been paid to the Putnam Pride Store; $500 has been sent to UofC to support a student; and $400 has been donated to the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Fort Collins Children’s Theater will also receive $200 to pay for a sign language interpreter for this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast.