The North Fork Children's Christmas Party may happen in December, but the work to make sure there are plenty of gifts for the children who attend takes place throughout the year.
Each summer, the staff at RE/MAX Mountain West in Paonia gathers quality items for a large indoor yard sale.
This year's sale on Saturday, June 15, raised $1,800 for the party. Linda and Bob Lario, co-owners, host the yard sale at Paonia Town Hall. Linda serves on the board of directors for the North Fork Children's Christmas Party. Pam Bliss is the non-profit's director.
The Christmas party is supported entirely from donations from the public. Last year, 182 children from the North Fork Valley received a bagful of gifts specifically selected for each boy and girl. Children from zero to 10 years of age receive gifts. Three-year-olds and kids up to the age of 10 go to the party which is supported by an army of volunteers. Those volunteers make sure that each child makes their way around the festively decorated ballroom at Memorial Hall and participates in all the fun activities. And there are plenty of great tasting snacks for all the kids. Santa Claus greets each child and gives them their gifts. The kids and the adults have a wonderful time. The year's worth of work going into the party is well worth it.
This year's North Fork Children's Christmas Party will be at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Parents will be receiving letters soon for the children who qualify to attend.
Volunteers will wrap the Christmas gifts on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Memorial Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until every present is wrapped.
Pam Bliss is astonished at the number of checks that are sent for the North Fork Christmas Party each year. It costs $50 per child for the event. "People just like to do things for Christmas," Bliss said. This is a community-based party with little donations from members of the community making it go. "We're so grateful to the people of the North Fork Valley."
To volunteer or receive more information about the North Fork Children's Christmas Party call Pam Bliss at 921-5641.
Send donations to P.O. Box 508, Crawford, CO 81415.blog comments powered by Disqus