With his car windows almost entirely blocked and every inch of space stuffed with plastic bags, Travis, a volunteer from “Keep Colorado Warm,” happily took on the challenge of stuffing more in.

Recently, the Boulder Stake relief society came together to donate an impressive amount of winter clothing to the IMPACT program which collects badly-needed items to protect the needy from Colorado winters. When Travis showed up in his small hatchback, he realized he may have underestimated the generosity of these women.

“He was a bit surprised by the size of our donation,” said Wendy Ericson, a member of the Boulder Stake. “Miraculously, he was able to stuff all 18 bags full of winter clothing into his little hatchback. … He was very gracious and thrilled to receive it.”

More than 430 items were donated, including 164 coats, 107 hats and 66 pairs of gloves. One sister even sewed several hoodies herself for the cause.

The sisters sorted all the items, something that made IMPACT “especially happy” for, and they enjoyed hot chocolate and donuts along with good company.

“It was a labor of love,” Ericson said. “I was so touched by the love and generosity of the sisters and the warmth it will bring to others.”


Jefferson County is a better place because of The Action Center. Since 1968 The Action Center has provided an immediate response to basic human needs and promoted pathways to self-sufficiency for county residents and the homeless.

On February 10th Mormon women in the Arvada area came together to help The Action Center.

The women had the opportunity to purge the unnecessary out of their lives to benefit those in need.  They brought their used t-shirts to a Women’s Conference meeting where they transformed them into reusable grocery bags for The Action Center.

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Coal Creek Ward Compassionate Service Leader, Elly Fryer, and her daughter, Addie, (left) pictured with the IRC’s Victoria Francis (right).

About one year ago The International Rescue Committee (IRC) opened an office in Denver. The IRC (rescue.org) is committed to providing opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America.

Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. (more…)


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) is encouraging people worldwide to “Light the World” by engaging in acts of service this holiday season. This is part of a series of articles we are publishing to highlight local organizations in Colorado that help make the season brighter.

One of those organizations is Christmas Unlimited. Providing service throughout the region for the last 93 years, Christmas Unlimited primarily thrives in supporting children. Last year, Christmas Unlimited served between 9,000 and 11,000 children, each receiving gifts worth $35 to $45.

Christmas Unlimited operates year round, but is in great need during the holiday season to support their Holiday Toy Distribution program. Deserving children are found by distributing applications to more than 40 human service agencies who in turn give them to families they are working with. (more…)