This holiday season, a number of charitable efforts were held in the local schools. Both Beatrice Gilmore and Memorial Schools in Woodland Park took part in the annual Giving Tree initiative for the Family Reach Foundation.
This is the 15th year that teachers have organized this charitable event. The Family Reach Foundation is a national non-profit dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of cancer. It provides immediate financial assistance, education and navigation to families before they hit critical breaking points.
Over $2,000 in gift cards were given to the foundation at separate presentations at the schools to founder Marilyn Morrello, who was on hand with her husband Rick and family relations coordinator Ravit Gilletti. The families of students who contributed a gift card to the effort were recognized with a handmade ornament on a Christmas tree at the school.
Mrs. Morrello spoke to the students, thanking them and their families for their generosity.
During the event at BG, teachers read “A New Coat For Anna” to the students. The story details a mother’s dedication to acquire a coat for her daughter. The book carries a message that ordinary can become precious in times of turmoil.