In December, RK is sponsored its annual Food + Toy Drive this year and hopes to exceed previous year’s numbers of donations. The drive will benefit the Colfax Community Network (CCN), which is a non-profit organization that supports families living in temporary housing and also the transient population living on Colfax Avenue.
RK is helping to restock their food pantry and also provide a merrier Christmas for those who are less fortunate. Gifts will be donated to CCN for their holiday party that is organized every year for families who wouldn’t otherwise have a holiday celebration. Each year, 300 kids and 100 parents come to CCN to “shop” for presents, enjoy a delicious meal, listen to live music, and visit with Santa.
Each parent gets to shop for one present for each of their children, wrap it, and take it home for Christmas. The children work as a team to find presents for their parents(s) and work with volunteers to wrap them and take them home to give out.
Items that are donated each year by RK employees include: non-perishable food, new, unwrapped toys, money (to assist with the holiday party), holiday decorations, books, cards, dolls, games, pajamas (children and adult), socks, underwear, journals, art supplies, balls, backpacks, hygiene products, picture frames, robes, and slippers.
Originally formed to reach the transient motel population along Colorado’s roughest stretch of avenue, CCN seeks to not only provide goods and services, but also help to provide a deep sense of community. They strive to recognize an individual’s value and offer tangible resources in order to encourage stability in people’s lives.