Church group donates to Rocky Mountain Welcome Center
Earlier this year, the Castle Pines ward Relief Society from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a supply drive benefiting the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center (RMWC). Several dozen women donated or provided essential supplies for recent refugees settling in the metro area. Additionally, a dozen women gathered to assemble 10 welcome baskets and craft together 12 no-sew blankets.
RMWC provides basic living supplies and helps refugees assimilate after relocating to Denver. See the accompanying Angels Among Us story on page 18.
Originally, the Relief Society planned on assembling seven baskets, but when the signups filled quickly, additional baskets were added. Instead of boxing the items for delivery, supplies were added to laundry baskets, providing an additional useful item to families in need. Each basket was filled with items such as cleaning supplies, dish soap and detergent, personal hygiene products, toiletries, diapers, lotion, baby wipes, hand and bath towels, toilet paper and paper towels, and electric kettles.
The group of ladies enjoyed an evening of chatting and friendship while they sorted items and cut and tied fleece fringe for the blankets. Karalee Viau functioned as the liaison between the Relief Society and RMWC, aided by her personal friendship with RMWC’s COO, Jennifer Gueddiche.
After delivering all the donations, Viau reported back, “Jennifer is so thankful for what we are doing to help! She said to please tell all of you that you are angels and that this will help so very much!”
The Relief Society is the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its purpose is to “increase faith in Jesus Christ, strengthen individuals and families and work in unity to help those in need.”
By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photos