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Good News From A Precious Child
July 2012

Making a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado
In This Issue
Robbie Alford - Volunteer of the Month
Save The Date!
Dedicated Volunteers At A Precious Child
A Precious Child Tours
4th Annual Golf For A Precious Child A Huge Success!
Fill A Backpack 2012 Begins!
Walmart Supply Drive Supports A Precious Child
Client Stories
Safety Tip
Our Incredible Community
Thank You To Our Funders
Quick Links
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Robbie Alford

Volunteer of the Month

With six volunteer jobs throughout his high school career and a ten month internship at Boulder Community Hospital under his belt, Robbie Alford exhibits exceptional volunteer abilities.  This summer, Robbie chose to contribute his abilities and talents to A Precious Child!  While he is happy organizing toys, books, and clothes here, he particularly enjoys helping in the Fill A Backpack program.  Robbie even  planned the navigation for various school supply drop off sites!  "I enjoyed riding in the van and distributing the bins for the donations," he recalls.  Now that Fill A Backpack is well under way, he is helping fill the backpacks with school supplies.  Thank you Robbie for being such an amazing volunteer and helping kids throughout Colorado receive the supplies they need for a successful school year!



October 31, 2012
Heroes of A Precious Child Luncheon 
Omni Interlocken Resort



Jeremy and his son Brayden have been helpful volunteers here during the past two months!  They enjoy  volunteering  "because they are able to give back to their community and help out people less fortunate than themselves."  Thank you so much Jeremy and Brayden for helping us do more for disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado! 







A Precious Child will now be giving tours on the fourth Tuesday of every month!


For more information or to sign up for a tour, please contact Megan McLaughlin at megan@apreciouschild.org


It's summertime!  Things at A Precious Child continue to heat up as we are growing rapidly!  Our sold out 4th Annual Golf For A Precious Child tournament raised more than $50,000!  Our Fill A Backpack program is in full swing as we strive to fill 4,000 backpacks with new school supplies for those children in our community who need them most.  With the help of our amazing supporters, staff and phenomenal new summer interns, A Precious Child continues to meet the ever-increasing demand for our programs and services!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and 144 golfers, A Precious Child was able to raise more than $53,000 for our programs! On behalf of the thousands of children and families we serve, we'd like to express our enormous gratitude  to our presenting sponsor, Townsend Retirement Specialists, and everyone else who made this our largest and most rewarding Golf for A Precious Child yet!  Thank you!!!!





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Fill A Backpack 2012 Begins!


As a promising new school year is on its way, our annual Fill A Backpack program is now in full swing!  With the generous help of our community we were able to provide 3,200 backpacks in 2011 to disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado.  This month alone we have received more than 4,000 backpack requests to help children get the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond.




Please donate by purchasing a backpack (or several!) filled with school supplies for our kids. We have a lot of great opportunities for you to get involved.  Please click here to donate and learn more!


Backpack Sponsor - $50 (backpack and supplies for one child)

Locker Sponsor - $100 (backpacks and supplies for two children)

Classroom Donor - $250 (backpacks and supplies for 5 children)

Grade Donor - $500 (backpacks and supplies for 10 children)

School Donor - $1,000 (backpacks and supplies for 50 children)


We also need tons of amazing volunteers to help us fill the backpacks with school supplies and distribute them! If you are interested in hearing more about these volunteer opportunities contact Megan McLaughlin at megan@apreciouschild.org or click here to sign up! 


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 Walmart Holds School Supply Drives in Support of A Precious Child's Fill A Backpack Program!


We are pleased to announce that Walmart will be generously hosting school supply drives for A Precious Child's Fill A Backpack program at two of their Colorado locations!  These drives encourage the donation of essential school supplies, from new backpacks to calculators.  All of the items collected will go towards providing filled backpacks to 4,000 children in need this school year! Donors may purchase supplies in-store or bring their own supplies from home.


The first school supply drive will be on July 13th at the Walmart on 128th and Quebec from 9am-4pm. A special thank you to Cub Scout Pack 321 for hosting this event!


The second school supply drive will take place on July 28th at the Walmart on 120th and Sheridan from 9am-5pm. Paul Derda will MC the event alongside the Broomfield Police Department to promote donations!  


Hope to see you there with a backpack full of supplies!


Client Stories 

The joy we see in our clients after leaving A Precious Child is amazing, and we love to share some simple moments with you.


A Precious Child strives to help all families in need, especially during their most difficult times.  Liz Friedenson, the director of Colorado Friendship, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reducing suffering and save lives throughout Colorado by providing emergency food, shelter and clothing to those in need, came into A Precious Child to get clothing for victims of the High Park Fire. With more victims filtering through their system each day, they were struggling to providing enough clothing for everyone.  She was able to get 151 lbs of clothing valued at $1,812! Just yesterday, they had over 75 people come through their doors in need of clothing.  With the fire season in full swing we will remain in contact with Colorado Friendship to assist them with anything else they need!



Here at A Precious Child we do our best to encourage those who have lost their hope of turning things around in their life. This is the case of Angela and her family. She and her husband had a premature little girl who was born with special needs. This she tells us  started a cycle that they have not rebounded from yet. She told us that it's thanks to agencies such as A Precious Child that she found hope once more. She expressed to us how "the shopping atmosphere makes you feel whole and normal" Angela feels very grateful for every item she received from A Precious Child and we are sure that given time Angela and her husband will find their way again.



North Metro Fire Rescue Safety Tip:
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    Help prevent children from swallowing BUTTON batteries!  

Today, cars start with the push of a button, candles flicker without a flame and thousands of electronics operate by remote control. As demand grows for slimmer and sleeker electronic devices, so does demand for the coin lithium batteries that power them. And with that, the risk grows that a small child will swallow one. North Metro thinks it is important to get the word out locally so that parents and caregivers are educated on how to best prevent injuries.  


Basically, when a coin-sized button battery gets stuck in a child's throat, the saliva triggers an electrical current. This causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. Once the burning reaction begins, it can continue even after the battery is removed. Repairing the damage is painful and can require feeding tubes, breathing tubes and multiple surgeries. In some cases, children who swallowed button batteries have died.  


 Coin batteries can be found in the following everyday objects:


·Mini remote control devices that unlock car doors and control portable DVD players and MP3 speakers

·Bathroom scales

·Reading lights

·Flameless candles

·Talking and singing books and greeting cards

·Digital thermometers


Because of a growing severity of swallowing incidents, North Metro Fire Rescue District has partnered with "The Battery Controlled", to raise awareness about this growing threat to children. The message is simple:


·Examine devices and make sure the battery

·Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 for additional treatment information.

·Tell others about this threat and share these steps.


"The BatteryControlled" is supported by Energizer in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide. To learn more, visit TheBatteryControlled.com, Facebook.com/TheBatteryControlled or info@thebatterycontrolled.com.



Thanks to Dodge Signs Co., we are ready to distribute all of the drop off

bins for Fill A Backpack! Through amazing community support, there are over 70 locations that will be hosting drop off bins for Fill A Backpack's school supply drive running from July 1st-August 3rd! Thank you again to Dodge Signs for providing the cut outs and signs that are on the drop off bins!

Dodge Signs


Steve Yates and the rest of the crew at International Governor Services in Broomfield also came in this month and donated a huge stack of MUCH NEEDED diapers and new underwear and socks! Thank you so much, IGS, for donating to the children and families that are in such need of these basic essentials!


 Steve Yates and Crew



We could not operate without the support and confidence of our incredible funders and donors. As a nonprofit we rely upon the generosity of our community to financially invest in our mission and program endeavors. A Precious Child would also like to graciously acknowledge the following companies, organizations and foundations for their belief in what we do for the children we serve.


City of Broomfield - $17,000

Hitachi Foundation - $8,000

Grant Thornton - $7,500

Anschutz Family Foundation - $5,000 (matching) 

Joy in Christ - $3,000

City of Thornton - $2,000

Adams 12 Five Star School District - $2,000

JJJ Foundation - $1,000                                

Walmart Foundation - $1,000                     

Longmont Community Foundation - $500

US Bank - $500

Ball Aerospace Corporation - $500                  

Headwaters Foundation - $300