On Friday, December 9, Source held its annual holiday event, Snowflakes & Smiles, for the children at Denver Children’s Home.
The Denver Children’s Home is a residential/day therapy program for children ages 10-18 that struggle with mental health issues and learning disabilities resulting from abuse, neglect, or other trauma. The home provides regular therapy sessions as well as some experiential therapy that may include music, art, yoga, equine, or animal-assisted therapy. Children enrolled in either the day or residential programs also attend Denver Children’s Home’s on-site accredited school, The Bansbach Academy, which focuses on core academics as well as programs that encourage self-sufficiency, leadership development, entrepreneurship, and character development.
The event on Friday included a gingerbread house decorating contest (the whole Source team got to vote on their favorite--the winning classroom created a Trolls-themed gingerbread village!), fleece tie blanket-making, lunch, cake, airbrush tattoos, gift bags, and even a visit from Buddy the elf!
This year, through donations made by both Source employees and customers, we were able to provide the Denver Children’s Home with the following:
• A catered lunch and beverages from Fazoli's • A cake • A warm blanket for every child to use • A gift bag for each child that included an individual white board, dry erase markers, gloves, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and deodorant • A $5 Subway gift card for every child (every single one of which was donated by a Source customer!) • A gingerbread house kit for each classroom • $100 Chick-fil-A lunch for the class that decorated the winning gingerbread house • $100 Pizza lunch for the remaining classrooms • Enough money to cover all expenses for their Christmas dinner feast!
Snowflakes & Smiles is an event that both Source and the kids at Denver Children’s Home look forward to every year, and this year didn’t disappoint! From all of us at Source, we are so grateful for the opportunity to help out the Denver Children’s Home, and we always have an amazing time at Snowflakes & Smiles. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out on the day of the event or with the planning, as well as anyone who made a donation!