I think we can all agree that Christmas is about Jesus, that He is the reason for the season. And I think most of us would agree that Christmas is also about the kids. Maybe one of the reasons I feel that way is that Christmas morning still makes me feel like a kid. Now that I am an adult, a dad, a grandfather, I don’t receive as many gifts on Christmas, but the ones I do receive always make me feel special.
When 104.3 The Fan and Denver Rescue Mission partner to provide a Season of Hope to our New Life Program participants, I think the participants experience a similar feeling—feeling special and grateful for the presents they receive. Having the humility to enroll in a rehabilitation program and asking for help is hard, and no one plans to be in a rehabilitation program over Christmas. But the fabulous dinner that is provided during the event, and the gifts each of them receive, let these men know they are loved and that there’s hope for a new life..
The same is true at our Denver Broncos Holiday Party for our STAR Transitional Program participants. Imagine if you were in a transitional program, trying to move your family out of homelessness and several Broncos players and cheerleaders came to feed your family a gourmet dinner, give your entire family gifts, and decorate cookies with your kids. That’s exactly what happens on this night, and our families feel so loved because of it.
We live in a compassionate community, and I get to see this generosity every day through so many like you. I get to see the joy your gifts bring to those who have nothing. For this, I am so thankful. It makes me feel like a kid on Christmas morning! This Christmas, like all the Christmases during my time at Denver Rescue Mission, I am thankful for the birth of Jesus and for your gifts that are changing lives in the name of Christ. May you have a very Merry Christmas!
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