|Dear Supporters, |
As always, thank you so much for your continued support and generosity. Alone, we could not do what we do but together, we have an enormous impact.
For instance, from May 1st to May 31st, you, the community donated $28,580 worth of in-kind donations to our Central Clothing Bank. During this time period, A Precious Child distributed $34,685 worth of clothing and other essentials to local children and families desperately in need of assistance.
We want you to know that your contributions are reaching children and families in need and making a real difference in their lives!
A Precious Child, Inc
Senior PGA Sponsors Youth Golf Clinic
Sunday, May 23, the Senior PGA hosted a youth golf clinic at the Common Grounds Golf Course located in Aurora. A Precious Child invited 22 children from the 'I Have a Dream' program, ranging from 2nd graders to juniors in high school to participate in the clinic. The 'Dreamers' enjoyed a spectacular day consisting of lunch, an inspirational presentation, and expert driving and putting instruction from PGA golf professionals.
After lunch, the famous golf trick shot artist Dennis Walters, an honorary lifetime member of the PGA of America put on an amazing show featuring a question and answer session with his beloved dog and sidekick, Mr. Bucky. The audience asked a variety of questions and Mr. Bucky correctly barked the answers! Dennis also impressed the crowd with amazing trick shots using unconventional and often bizarre golf clubs.
Dennis's overall message was clear...Never give up on your dreams!
In 1974, three years after turning pro, Dennis's PGA TOUR dream ended when he was thrown from a golf cart and suffered severe spinal cord damage, leaving him a paraplegic. Doctors told him that he would never walk or play golf again. Unwilling to give up on his passion for golf, Dennis began hitting golf balls from his wheel chair. However, he still could not play 18 holes of golf because it was physically exhausting to traverse the course in his wheelchair. So, Dennis designed a golf cart fitted with a swivel seat. This way, he was able to hit the ball from the swivel seat then drive to the next hole.
"Going to A Precious Child
was a unique and fun experience.
Everyone was so friendly and helpful from the start. They make shopping an experience not a chore. All day all I saw was helpful smiles."
Destiny, a new mother of a 7 week old little girl named Isabella and her mother were referred to A Precious Child because they were in need of clothes and other basic essentials. We are thrilled that we are able to help people like Destiny and her family. This could not of happened without the support of people like you.
BROOMFIELD BASEBALL LEAGUE'S CLOTHING DRIVE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
When the Broomfield non-profit A Precious Child, Inc. opened its doors to children in need of clothing, backpacks and other necessities in November 2008, founder and Executive Director Carina Martin had no idea how big of a hole she was attempting to fill. Since its humble beginnings, A Precious Child has helped over 10,000 children and adults who have walked through its doors. "Part of our success has been need driven - before we opened there wasn't a place for the families of Broomfield County to go for clothing items, free of charge. Our clients are referred to us and come in to pick out well-fitting clothing and accessories, in a store-like atmosphere. We believe that this is so important because a child having the
proper clothing plays a crucial role in building their self esteem and self worth."
Last month the inventory of A Precious Child was
significantly boosted when 175 Colorado youth baseball teams playing in the annual Les G. Cooper Memorial Baseball tournament donated a mountain of clothing, cleats, shoes, and backpacks to A Precious Child. The call went out to all of the teams before the tournament began, and the donations came in. In fact, the response was so great that the total amount of donated items filled several pick-up truck beds and trailers.
Tournament's organizer, Broomfield Baseball League, wanted to honor the memory of the late Les G. Cooper with this clothing drive for A Precious Child. Mr. Cooper was known for his dedication to the youth of Broomfield County and youth sports. Althea Cooper, who lost her dear husband
five years ago, said "On behalf of the Cooper family, we were truly touched by the generosity of the baseball families and community. Les was all about helping kids, especially those with special needs. Thank you for honoring his legacy in this way."
When donations arrive, the receiving room of A Precious Child's facility is a hub of activity and a model of organization. Volunteers must log in every donated item and sort items by size, gender, and
season. The items are then inventoried in large, plastic tubs where they will wait to be put out on the floor of the store. "We are extremely grateful to our donation base. We receive donations from
individuals, and from organizations around the north-Metro area that host clothing drives on our behalf." commented Martin. To help serve their underprivileged clients, A Precious Child is always in need of donations such as clothing, shoes, coats, backpacks, school supplies, and baby items. They are also always in need of volunteers to help log and sort the donations. The facility is located at
557 Burbank Street, Unit E Broomfield, CO 80020, and the phone number is 303-466-4272.
Written by Ellen Bagnato
Volunteer of the Month
Rice Justice, creator and director of Birthday Smiles
A Precious Child is honored to recognize Rice Justice as our volunteer of the month. Rice is the creator and director of Birthday Smiles, a program that gives memorable birthday parties for children living in homeless and protective shelters, namely, the Samaritan House and The Gathering Place. Rice began the Birthday Smiles program last June. That means that Birthday Smiles will be turning 1 year old this month! Over the past year Rice has had 14 birthday parties that resulted in, literally, thousands of smiles.
Rice has a long history of service. Rice has devoted countless hours volunteering for women and children's organizations in Colorado.
Her wish is to aquire adequate funding so that she can have birthday parties at more shelters throughout the metro area.
For more information on Birthday Smiles and how can get involved contact us at
Thank you for attending our
A Precious Child had an open house on May 15th to celebrate our new and much larger facility located at 557 Burbank St. Unit E in Broomfield.
It turned out to be a great event. There were face painters, balloon makers, clowns and creative art projects for the kids. Two police officers from the Broomfield Police department were there to meet, greet, and take children's fingerprints for identification purposes.
There were hotdogs galore along with brownies and other goodies. Guests also enjoyed cheese & crackers that were generously donated from DPI Specialty Foods.
Last but not least, former Denver Nuggets players, Mark Randall and Ervin Johnson were there signing autographs and taking pictures.
Thank you to all who helped make our open house a great success!
BROOMFIELD BASEBALL LEAGUE'S