|Posted on December 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM|
The ROC Report #17
How many days of sub-zero temperature do we really need? The snow is beautiful but the highs have only been in the teens recently as well. But that’s the season and the first day of winter is approaching. The ROC has been busy with Emergency Services calls for utilities and rent assistance. I scramble to find resources and funds for these good families who need work so they can keep their utilities on during the winter. I arranged for new tires on a car so the father could make it to his job 60 miles up-valley on the icy roads. (Thank you, once again, Columbine Ford!!) Of course all the agencies are taxed at this time of the year as well.
The Angel Tree program is going well. Elaine Cloninger, the team leader, is doing a magnificent job. Over 300 requests were hung on the trees in the local stores and banks and by now most of the toys have been returned (check out the picture of the presents at The ROC warehouse.) We have received many donations of extra toys as well and some financial donations for this project so I think we’ll be ok with Angel Tree. The remainder of this week will be the tedious job of organizing the gifts by name and then transporting them all to the Rifle library on Friday for distribution on Saturday morning.
The Totes of Hope project remains strong. We packed food for 325 children this week and expect to pack extra next couple of weeks for them to take home for the Christmas Holiday break. It’s true that some children don’t get a meal during the 3-day weekends until they get back to the breakfast/lunch program at the school. Kim Regan and Tami Long, my leaders, as well as a good crew of volunteers are faithful helpers every week to make this project happen. We get our food for free but administration and transportation of the food costs us plenty.
I hope you’re praying for The ROC; I know you must be because miracle after miracle happens to keep us going. We’re thankful to the Rifle Community Foundation for their grant of $1,500 this month for emergency services. If you know of someone or a business who would like to make an end of the year tax deductable contribution please let them know about The ROC.
I get thanked every day for the work The ROC is able to do in this community. Yesterday the Rifle Mayor, Mr. Miller, stopped me on the street to thank me and to ask how it was going. I thanked him for the support of the Rifle Community Foundation. I thank God for the opportunity to be involved in this wonderful work! God is blessing and I don’t worry because He seems to enjoy surprising me around every corner.
Check out the new photos of Angel Tree and Totes of Hope on this web page.