More than 650 Boulder County families with children who might have been overlooked can feel cheer this holiday season, thanks to the power of giving Share-A-Gift makes possible.
RE/MAX of Boulder volunteers help gather generously donated toys and deliver them to the Share-A-Gift toy shoppe. They work alongside the army of toy shoppe volunteers to ensure each family finds appropriate gifts for their children.
Now in its 47th holiday season, each year Share-A-Gift helps connect community donations with hundreds of families, representing approximately 1,500 girls and boys from birth to age 14 years. The donations are collected with the help of businesses, citizens, and volunteers who give toys, money and time to bring holiday magic to every family who lives in the Boulder County School District. Gifts include new and gently used bikes, toys, books and clothing.
RE/MAX of Boulder is one of the businesses, which has proudly supported Share-A-Gift for more than 20 years. The Realtors at RE/MAX of Boulder encourage staff, clients and friends to drop-off donated presents to the lobby of their main office at 2425 Canyon Boulevard. RE/MAX of Boulder’s Patrick Dolan Team and his clients donate a large number of gifts each year.
This year, RE/MAX of Boulder volunteers included Managing Broker and Share-A-Gift Board Member Todd Gullette, and Realtors Patrick Dolan, Lisa Wade and Timmy Duggan.
“For those less fortunate, this can be the hardest time of year,” says Gullette.
With years of Share-A-Gift volunteering in his background, he knows the meaningful value the program brings to the community.
“Share-a-Gift does an amazing job of empowering parents and relieving some of the stress the holidays can bring. We would love to thank the hundreds of you who come out each year to help us create such a loving and caring event,” adds Gullette.
The hundreds of “Santa helpers” who come together to create and share in the joy of giving include community members from all walks of life, the city of Boulder police department, schools, clubs and organizations.
Volunteers work where help is needed, sometimes applying their special skills to make a difference. Duggan – a former pro-bike racer and Olympic cyclist – found good use for his bike knowledge in the Share-A-Gift bike repair shop, getting bikes tuned and ready to ride.
The volunteer work performed by community members adds up to thousands of hours, which any community would be proud of. Most importantly, sharing of time and resources gives families and children in need a chance to feel the magic of the season.
For more information visit shareagift.org.
By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.